MARIANNE FAITHFULL COLLAPSES

The star is forced to abandon her European tour after suffering a seizure...

Marianne Faithfull has been forced to abandon her European tour after collapsing with a seizure in MILAN.

The singer has been advised to take three months total rest after falling ill shortly before a concert in the city last Wednesday (December 1). Doctors have diagnosed chronic exhaustion.

Marianne Faithfull said: “I’m sorry to have let my fans down, but I will be back.”

Shows have also been pulled in Zurich, Graz, Linz, Vienna, Palma, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Brussels and Dublin.

The star was also due to play at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (December 13), ending the tour at the London Shepherds Bush Empire next week (December 16).

A statement issued to NME.COM reads: “At first it was hoped Marianne would be well enough to resume the tour after a week’s rest – the six most immediate concerts were postponed last Thursday morning.

“Doctors, however, have now advised Marianne to take three months’ total rest and the remaining dates on the tour have been pulled. All the shows will be re-scheduled for the spring of next year.

“Marianne’s exhaustion is the consequence of a gruelling work schedule that started with her summer stage performances in ’The Black Rider’, director Robert Wilson’s celebrated and award-winning theatre production. ‘The Black Rider’ opened at London’s Barbican Theatre in May before transferring to San Francisco in August – Marianne starred in some 75 performances of the opera before the production’s American season ended in mid-October.

“Once ’The Black Rider’ had finished in San Francisco, Marianne immediately embarked on a promotional tour of Europe in support of her ’Before The Poison album, released at the end of September.

“She then went into rehearsals with her band to prepare for the European tour, which opened in Iceland on Thursday 11th November. Marianne had played dates through Scandinavia and in Germany before reaching Italy on Wednesday.”

Ticket holders are advised to retain their tickets until details of the re-scheduled tour are announced.