Bo took to Shoutomatic this morning to announce that he’s back and ready to rock and roll. Head on over there to see and hear it from the man himself.
We’ve missed you, Bo. It’s good to have you back.
It’s the cheeriest report yet from Bo’s team:
A quick update from Bo – He sends his thanks for all your cards, letters, gifts, wishes and prayers! Bo’s manager lets us know he is itching to get back to work and can’t wait to dive in head first! Bo is enjoying the time off and vegging out! We’ll have more news and updates next week – stay tuned for the new relaxed and refreshed BB!!
Yes, I’ve noticed that none of these posts have actually told us anything. But sometimes the music means more than the lyrics. That’s one hell of a positive tone, and it’s enough to make me happy.
According to Bo’s facebook page, he continues recuperating much as we heard earlier this week:
I spoke with Bo’s manager and Bo is doing fantastic, getting some well deserved rest and is getting better each day. He cannot wait to get back on the road doing what he loves the best – singing and performing! Your continued support means the world to Bo and his family – thank you!
No word from Bo himself (I wonder how many people it took to pry his computer and phone away from him?), but here’s a little glimpse in the meantime –
Bo does brooding so well! This thumbnail turned up on the website of a new concert date in Maine. It’s tiny, but I’m quite sure we’ve never seen it before. Rest assured we’re hot on the trail of a full size version.
Other than a few favorite performances, I don’t go back and rewatch too many old Bo videos. But every now and then someone finds an old bootleg on her computer or one of the video services recaptures a clip, and they pop up on the top of google. And I find a new favorite.
Here’s a song and interview from the CMA Festival in 2009. They’re both delightful.
Also good to hear – Bo’s website manager passed on some health news in the forum at Bobice.com yesterday. Bo continues to improve and he thanks everyone for the good wishes. Our love and support mean the world to him. Okay, so that’s not really news, but it’s still good to hear.
Just as encouraging, a new concert date in November has just shown up. I don’t know if that’s still in Bo’s plans, but for now it’s nice to look forward to.
There have been a few unconfirmed reports today that Bo’s been in the hospital for treatment of his ‘recurring illness.’ That’s a little worrisome, though the hospital is the best place to be if he is going through another bout of his intestinal issues. But good news – there’s an official and upbeat comment just now on his facebook page:
Thank you to all of you for your thoughts and prayers – Bo is feeling better each day!
That’s wonderful to hear! Keep getting better, Bo.
This very worrying announcement has been posted on BoBice.com:
September 27, 2011 – Bo Bice October Dates Canceled Due To Illness
Due to a recurring illness, Bo is currently under medical attention and will have to cancel all appearances and performances until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your continued support.
Oh no. I’m sure we’re all thinking the same thing – is Bo going through another round of intussussception? I hope it’s nothing so serious.
Bo, everyone at BFB and all of your fans are pulling for you. We love you – get well.
ETA: An update on Bo’s facebook page –
Bo will be fine – he needs to slow down a minute and take care of his health. He appreciates each of you and knows how much you care and support him. He’ll be back soon and be well and rested!! Thank you for your love, support and prayers!
Bo Bice’s management has clarified his situation in a post at Bobice.com. He has the flu, and after having it checked out at an LA hospital, has headed back to Nashville to recuperate and prepare for recording sessions next week.
It comes as no surprise that Bo feels wretched about missing shows and upsetting his fans. I feel wretched knowing how disappointed he must feel. But there’s an old saying, ‘Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.’ Bo made the mistake of not putting his health first last year. I’m very glad he’s not getting fooled again this time.
Get well, Bo. Soon.
Some of you know LAXguy from TWoP, bobice.com and this forum. He was kind enough to stop by with his recap of last night, which is a little less melodramatic than the prior version:
I was at Anaheim last night. I’ll try to be as accurate as possible, but please understand that it was an emotional experience, and I’ve had little sleep since. With that in mind, here’s my two cents:
Bo did look very thin; his face almost gaunt. Right from the beginning, he informed the crowd that he had a touch of the flu, but was gonna put on a show regardless.
His voice sounded fine, but you could see his energy level was low. After “I’m Gone” and “American Blood”, Bo seemed to try and jumpstart himself by doing “Don’t Mess Around with Jim.” Rather than inject more energy into the show, however, it seemed to take more out of him.
He then did Skynyrd’s “Tuesday’s Gone” (NOT “Witness”), and pretty much made it through the whole song. Near its end, however, he first walked back to his guitar stand, then abrupty exited the stage without saying anything. Tommy played keyboards for a few more bars, before he stopped and also left the stage.
We were left literally in the dark; and what at first seemed like a momentary spell, stretched into ten.. then fifteen.. then twenty minutes. I was upstairs on the balcony when I heard that “paramedics” could be seen backstage. I went to the edge of the balcony and saw a cluster of people standing in the wings. I could NOT see Bo from that position, but they were apparently around him.
A HOB security guard was standing nearby, so a couple of us asked him for more info. He said that, from what he knew, Bo sat down immediately upon leaving the stage, saying that he didn’t think he could continue. Staff asked if they could do anything for him and if he would like them to call a nurse. He said yeah.
It was maybe ten more minutes before Bo surprisingly re-took the stage. (I’d estimate he was gone for a half hour or so.) Gary and Tommy were with him. Bo seemed truly sorry for what had happened, telling us that he had not been feeling well for the past couple of days. Once again, he termed it a “flu”, iirc. He mentioned how, on the previous tour, there were a dozen times when he felt sick because of his intestinal problems, but how he had always pushed through and done the show. Tonight, however, things just got the better of him, he said.
Since it was always his intention to give us a show, he would try to do that while wrapping things up. Sorry, I can’t tell you the name of the song he then did, because I was more focussed on how he was looking/acting than on what he was singing. He then closed things out with “SHA” — and certainly gave it the old college try. He did not appear to me to be close to collapsing after it; I felt that Gary’s and Tommy’s support was more emotional than physical at that point.
He again told us how much he appreciated our understanding, and promised he would make it up to us in the future. He had kind words, as usual, for the great staff at the HOB. He also made mention of his faith — but I cannot do justice to his words on this point. Again, my apologies.
As might be expected, he seemed tired and sad when he left the stage. I’m sure it was breaking his heart to leave; but I hope he realizes that it was breaking ours to see him struggle to stay.
I know every one of our readers and every one of our forum members is wishing Bo nothing but the very best.
We love you with all our hearts, Bo.
Forum poster Dianelev just received this from person who was at Bo’s show last night:
After being there last night, I am very worried. Bo did not look well at all. We saw him last year and he looks as though he has lost at least 10 pounds. His face was pale and cheeks were sunk in. I don’t really know what is going on but he could not finish the show. He came out sang two songs, quickly went off stage in the end of a song not finished. The poor keyboard player didn’t know what to do. Then he left. We waited over 30 minutes for Bo to return. He said he had a touch of the flu and was really sick but would sing two more songs. His voice was bad. Believe me, I think he is awesome and I heard him live when he was feeling well and he caused goose bumps. Something is just not right. If you can understand this, his actions were slowed. He just seemed like he could not handle it. At the end when he spoke to us and said he was blessed to have his family and his career and thank us all for coming out he almost sounded like is was going to cry. Then at the end he had the two guys hold him up. I left very depressed and worried about him. I guess its that mom thing that comes out.
Not happy news. He’s supposed to play tonight, so we’ll see how that concert goes.
Or doesn’t go.
UPDATE to the original message:
I think I didn’t make myself clear. He did not have to be helped off stage. He did seem weak and he asked Tommy and Gary to come stand and put their arms around him and they bowed. Again, he did seem weak and shaky. He did quit at the end of a song and not finish and he did come back on stage.