Chris Brown pulls out of Canada’s Energy Rush festival

Singer axes four dates following recent health scare

Chris Brown has axed a series of tour dates in Canada following a recent health scare.

The US singer, who last week suffered a seizure brought on by “extreme emotional stress”, has scrapped four forthcoming festival performances. He was set to headline this year’s Energy Rush festival in Halifax, Toronto, Saint John and Winnipeg from August 29 – September 1. But since he pulled out as the headline act, the whole series has been cancelled.

Promoter Stephen Tobin issued a statement saying: “After ongoing conversation and consultation with this year’s headline act Chris Brown, and in light of the performer’s recent personal and health-related issues, a decision has been made to cancel all four scheduled performances.

“In the absence of a festival headliner, we cannot proceed. We will start planning immediately for next year’s events and the Energy/Summer Rush series will be back in 2014, bigger and better than ever.”

Meanwhile, Brown’s publicist Nicola Perna told “Chris appreciates the support of his many thousands of fans north of the border. He is going to use this time to focus on himself and on the release of his upcoming album. Chris looks forward to performing in Canada very soon.”

It comes after the US singer suffered a non-epileptic seizure in the early hours of August 9 at the Record Plant recording studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles. The 24-year-old was examined by a doctor but did not have to go to hospital.

Earlier this month Brown said that his forthcoming new album, ‘X’, is likely to be his last. The singer took to Twitter to tell fans the news. ‘X’ is set for release on August 19 and will be Brown’s sixth studio album. It features collaborations with Nicki Minaj, Ludacris, Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna and Diplo, as well as ‘Don’t Think They Know’, which features vocals from the late Aaliyah. Brown wrote: “Don’t worry mainstream America. After this X album, it’ll probably be my last album.”