Blues guitarist extraordinaire Walter Trout has pulled out of his appearances at Bluesfest and his Sydney and Melbouirne sideshows.

In a statement released to the press, Trouts said: “I was really looking forward to playing in Australia. However, our health insurance company took forever to approve the treatment for my liver problems and so it kept getting delayed. Now finally approved, treatment is underway, and the specialists and doctors expect me to be ready a to the take the stage again when the treatment is complete.

“However, due to the delay in treatment, I will still have part of the treatment left by the time I would have played in Australia, and me and my team of doctors didn’t want to rick a set-back due to the extensive amount of travel included in getting to Australia, and also for me to be far away from my specialists… I am truly sorry for letting my fans down.”

Replacing Trout at the Sydney sideshow at the Factory Theatre on Thursday April 17will beMatthew Curry.Ticketing details from

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