Aretha Franklin Pulls Out Of Shows Under Doctor's Orders

Aretha Franklin attends her 70th Birthday celebration at The Helmsley Hotel in New York City on March 24, 2012 Aretha Franklin attends her 70th Birthday celebration at The Helmsley Hotel in New York City on March 24, 2012

Aretha Franklin has canceled appearances in Chicago and Connecticut later this month under a doctor’s recommendation.

A Monday news release says Franklin will need treatment during the time period shows were scheduled with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on May 20 and at Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Connecticut on May 26. The release doesn’t specify what kind of treatment and her publicist did not immediately respond to a message seeking details.

Singer Janelle Monae will step in for Franklin for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Corporate Night fundraiser. The Grammy-winning singer will be playing orchestral versions of her songs that she’ll first debut Thursday with the San Francisco Symphony.

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