Frankie Valli postpones concerts, including metro Phoenix, while recovering from illness

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Frankie Valli has rescheduled his forthcoming concert at ASU Gammage in Tempe from Saturday, Jan. 29, to Sunday, Dec. 4, as he continues to recover from pneumonia.

Tickets purchased will be honored at the rescheduled date and additional tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com, starting at $49.

The singer shared the news on social media, telling fans, "I'm recovering nicely, but unfortunately the doctors want me to take another month off before I begin performing."

Valli has rescheduled all his January dates.

"I'm so looking forward to getting back onstage," the star continued. "But I can't do that until I'm 100%."

"There are other acts out working 200 days a year," Frankie Valli says. "I could never see myself doing that."
"There are other acts out working 200 days a year," Frankie Valli says. "I could never see myself doing that."

Frankie Valli is 87

Valli, 87, initially thought he had the flu after a test for COVID-19 came back negative but shared the news on social media in mid-October that it was actually pneumonia, forcing him to postpone all his dates through 2021.

"I am doing much better after a couple rounds of antibiotics," he wrote at the time. "But the doctors tell me it's going to be a couple months before I'm back at full steam and ready to tour again."

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Frankie Valli is among the most successful pop recording artists of his generation.

From the time he topped the Billboard Hot 100 at the helm of the Four Seasons with "Sherry" and "Big Girls Don't Cry" in 1962 to the platinum smash that was the title track to "Grease," his second solo hit to top the charts, he went Top 40 no fewer than 38 times.

The Four Seasons were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, 15 years before they got a second lease on life through "Jersey Boys," a Tony-winning jukebox musical that chronicles their life in music.

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Valli spoke to The Arizona Republic in 2018, looking back on the pop hits he enjoyed more as a choice he made to carve out a sustainable career in music.

"I never really wanted to be a pop singer," he said.

"I was more into jazz as a kid. I grew up at the tail end of the big band era. I was into Billy Eckstine, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Count Basie, Stan Kenton and Duke Ellington. But that kind of music wasn’t really happening for kids."

Reach the reporter at ed.masley@arizonarepublic.com or 602-444-4495. Follow him on Twitter @EdMasley.

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Frankie Valli reschedules January concerts due to pneumonia

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