Why Randy Newman suddenly canceled his tour

Randy Newman’s upcoming tour of Europe has been postponed indefinitely while he recovers from major surgery. Last month, Newman posted an article on his website telling fans he had broken his neck and needed time to recover before he could play. The 78-year-old seemed confident he would be able to return to the stage in time.

Newman is best known these days for compositions like Disney-Pixar’s “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.” toy story, but he has a career as a singer-songwriter that dates back about half a century. Fans were gearing up to see him perform hits from across his career on a tour this year, but unfortunately he won’t be able to take part. In his announcement, he wrote: “Recently I noticed I was shrinking. The people I had been dominating over were dominating me now. Could this be a reward for writing ‘Short People?’ Turns out my neck was broken.”

“They operated on me successfully, I think,” Newman continued. “Right now I look less like an anteater and more like an early sixties folk-rock artist. But the doctor said I’m not quite ready for a tour. I was really looking forward to come to Europe to play. I’m missing a lot of performances and I’m looking forward to when I can come. I’m sorry I can’t see you this time but I’ll see you soon.

Newman gave no further details about his broken neck – including whether it was a singular injury or some sort of stress fracture. It’s unclear when his next tour dates will be rescheduled, but he’s been active online and on social media, so fans can expect an update straight from him when he gets one. His post also says that ticket holders will be contacted by their point of purchase with information about new dates or refunds if needed. Newman’s tour is called “An Evening with Randy Newman” and was scheduled to begin later this month.

Newman was born in Los Angeles and split his early years between there and New Orleans, explaining the southern accent in some of his recordings. Newman began working as a singer-songwriter at the age of 17 and quickly landed studio work with artists like Gene Pitney, Jerry Butler, Petula Clark and Dusty Springfield, among others. He had massive hits throughout the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

Newman began his career as a film composer at the same time, although most of his most iconic work in this genre came in the 1990s when he began working with Disney and Pixar. He composed the music for 9 Disney/Pixar films: Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Cars, Toy Story 3, Monsters University, Cars 3 and toy story 4. At one point, Newman held the record for the most Oscar nominations without a single win with 15 nominations to his name. That streak was finally cut short in 2002 when he won Best Original Song for “If I Didn’t Have You” in Monsters Inc.

Newman announced her surgery and the postponement of her tour on Wednesday, March 2, and so far there have been no updates on her condition or her schedule.

Herman C. Harkins