Aretha Franklin cancels two concerts

Soul singer Aretha Franklin has cancelled the gigs because of health concerns.

Aretha Franklin. Picture: AFP

LOS ANGELES - Soul singer Aretha Franklin has pulled out of two upcoming performances because of health issues, the two concert venues said on Monday.

Franklin, 71, cancelled a 20 May concert with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and a 26 May solo performance at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut.

"It was cancelled for medical reasons," Foxwoods spokeswoman Dale Wolbrink said, declining to say what health issues caused the "Queen of Soul" to pull out of the 26 May show.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra said Franklin cancelled her performance due to a "doctor's recommendation for treatment during the time frame of 20 and 26 May."

R&B singer Janelle Monae will fill in for Franklin with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the organisation said in a statement.

Franklin's publicist did not immediately respond to Reuters' request for comment.

Franklin, a towering figure in popular music during the 1960s and 1970s with such hits as_ Respect _and A Natural Woman, was forced to cancel a concert tour in 2010 to undergo surgery for an undisclosed health issue.

The singer is still scheduled to perform at two concerts in Canada and one in Michigan in June.