Veteran singer songwriter Randy Newman has been forced to cancel his entire European tour, including two gigs at Dublin's Vicar Street on March 9 and 10, for health reasons. 

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Aiken Promotions said: "Randy Newman today announced that he has had to cancel his forthcoming European Tour due to a severe knee condition for which he has to undergo surgery for. The European tour included two dates at Vicar Street on 9 & 10 March which are now cancelled."

Newman (74) himself said: "I feel terrible about having to cancel these dates. I was looking forward to playing. I apologize for whatever inconvenience I might have caused."

Refunds will be available from point of purchase.

Newman, who released Dark Matter, his first album in ten years, last August was also forced to cancel his Dublin dates in 2013 due to pneumonia.   

Mr Newman (right) and old pal, Mr Diamond on the Hollywood Wak of Fame

Newman, who has won acclaim for his acerbic songs and Oscars for this scores for Toy Story 3 and Monsters, Inc, is a regular visitor to Ireland having played numerous shows here over the years.

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