Colombian singer Shakira’s “El Dorado World Tour” got off on the wrong foot, as the “Hips Don’t Lie” chanteuse had to cancel the first five dates – so far – due to problems with her vocal chords, according to a statement from tour promoter Live Nation.
The tour was scheduled to launch on Wednesday in Germany, but that show, as well as dates in Paris on Friday and Saturday, Antwerp on Sunday and Amsterdam on Tuesday, have already been called off. They will be rescheduled at a time to be determined, according to the singer’s management.
“We regret to announce the postponements of the dates,” promoters Live Nation said in a release. “It was under the orders of her doctor because the singer’s vocal chords are still recovering. Shakira is really upset not to see her fans, and is thankful for all the support they have given her in this difficult period.”
The new launch point of the tour is Thursday, where the singer is scheduled to perform in Montpellier, France. Following that, the tour takes her to a series of shows in Spain. Her path through Europe continues with dates in Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and Luxembourg through early December.
In January the tour crosses the Atlantic, with a January 9th date at Orlando, Florida’s Amway Center. She plays 19 dates in the U.S. in Canada through January and February, culminating with a February 10th show at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand. Tickets for all performances can be found at Ticket Club, where members save big with service fee-free tickets.
In an interesting wrinkle given the timing of the delay, Shakira was one of the artists named in the “Paradise Papers” leaks that led to StubHub offices in the United Kingdom being raided in connection with a major bot broker operating in Canada. The singer was not involved with any of that aspect of the investigation, but analysis by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists found her to be involved in a complex tax dodge. Allegedly, the star’s finances involve being domiciled in the Bahamas, with the rights to her compositions being held by companies based in Malta and Luxembourg.