POP star Tony Hadley was forced to pull out of a music festival after undergoing knee surgery.
The Spandau Ballet singer, 63, was due to headline Let’s Rock Norwich on Saturday.
But he was thought to have broken a kneecap and damaged a ligament when he fell in his dressing room in Italy.
Apologising he said he was “disappointed” to miss the 1980s festival.
He thanked his fans for the “kind messages of support”.
The Gold singer added that he had the operation in Italy on Wednesday and had been told not to travel for a few days after returning home.
Getting to Norfolk would involve an “eight-hour trip by car and is not advisable”, he said.
The festival went ahead with acts including the Happy Mondays, Bananarama and Toyah Willcox.
Scottish star Midge Ure, 69, also pulled out over “scheduling issues”.