Amy Winehouse has scrapped the rest of her U.K. tour on doctor’s orders and has been told to take a complete rest and deal with her health issues.
The papers have been tracking her dates since she opened up in Birmingham November 10, a show the Daily Telegraph described as "a shambolic and apparently drunken performance."
Subsequent reviews have been very positive about her talent, apart from another hiccup at her November 24 gig at London’s Hammersmith Apollo.
It’s the second time this year that her health has forced her off the road, although this time having her husband in jail has come on top of the usual drug problems.
A few of the U.K. live music industry’s elder statesmen, including Glastonbury chief Michael Eavis, have openly doubted the wisdom of Winehouse being on the road right now.
Having spent the summer canceling festival shows including England’s Vs, Holland’s Pinkpop and North Sea Jazz, Scotland’s T In The Park, Ireland’s Oxegen Festival, Nuke Festival in Austria, Norway’s smaller Hove and Oya festivals and a couple of Rolling Stones support slots in Germany, her publicist released a statement saying her September shows in the U.S. and Canada were off "due to the rigours involved in touring."
The statement saying the rest of her current U.K. run is off carried exactly the same phrase. It came with a family request for the media to respect Amy’s privacy at this time. It said there will be no further comment.
"I can’t give it my all onstage without my Blake. I’m so sorry but I don’t want to do the shows half-heartedly; I love singing. My husband is everything to me and without him it’s just not the same," Winehouse says in a message on her Web site.
She reportedly shed tears in court as a judge told husband Blake Fielder-Civil he will be spending Christmas behind bars.
She was said to have blown kisses from the public gallery of the court as he made a November 23 appearance to be charged with trying to bribe a pub landlord to drop an assault allegation against him.
Fielder-Civil was refused bail and may face a lengthy stay in London’s Pentonville Prison as Judge David Radford "pencilled in" the trial for June 23.
He will certainly remain there until January 18, when he will return to court with two other men to enter a plea to a charge of perverting justice.
He allegedly offered James King, the licensee of The Macbeth pub in Hoxton, east London, a large sum of cash to leave the country and withdraw a claim over an attack said to have taken place in June.
Fielder-Civil and his co-defendant Michael Brown both deny assaulting King. A third man is accused of involvement in the plot.