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Shawn Mendes cancels world tour, including Glendale concert, to focus on mental health

Jul 28, 2022, 4:35 AM

PHOENIX — Shawn Mendes announced on social media Wednesday that he is canceling his world tour, which included a stop in Glendale, to prioritize his mental health.

The singer-songwriter was scheduled to visit Gila River Arena on Sept. 7 to promote his album “Wonder,” but tickets to the concert will instead be refunded to the original method of payment.

“I started this tour excited to finally get back to playing live after a long break due to the pandemic, but the reality is I was not at all ready for how difficult touring would be after this time away,” Mendes said in the post.

“After speaking more with my team and working with an incredible group of health professionals, it has become more clear that I need to take the time I’ve never taken personally, to ground myself and come back stronger.”

Mendes earlier this month canceled three weeks of shows, in the post saying he had hoped it would allow him to be able to continue the tour after “some much-needed time off.”

“At this time, I have to put my health as my first priority,” he said.

Mendes told fans that canceling his tour doesn’t mean he won’t be making new music and promised to be back as soon as he’s taken the right time to heal.

He’s performed in the Valley five times, the latest coming at Gila River Arena in July 2019.

Mendes is known for songs like “Senorita,” “If I Can’t Have You,” “Stitches” and “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back.”

He has three Grammy nominations and six Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Shawn Mendes cancels world tour, including Glendale concert, to focus on mental health