Juan Gabriel Returns To The Stage Following Extended Health Scare

Juan Gabriel in a November, 2009 file photo in Las Vegas.

Juan Gabriel in a November, 2009 file photo in Las Vegas.  (2009 Getty Images)

A bout with pneumonia forced Juan Gabriel to postpone his international tour for four months. On Thursday, the Mexican superstar is set to be reunited with his fans once again in Peru.

“El Divo de Juarez,” who was hospitalized in April soon after kicking off his “Volver” tour in the United States, will be playing at the Jockey Club in the Peruvian capital of Lima before returning to the U.S.

On Sept. 5, Juan Gabriel will play a concert in Miami with shows following in New York City, San Jose, Los Angeles, Newark Denver and Oakland.

In a recent video interview with his “alter ego” Alberto Aguilera – the singer’s real name – Juan Gabriel said he was eager to return to the stage after his long recovery process.

“I miss the concerts, I miss my Mariachi, I miss the musicians, my vocalists, the dancers, the applause, my people, those nights,” the singer said, who was looking healthy and happy in a dashing white coat and scarf.

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Juan Gabriel began the U.S. leg of his tour in early April in Chicago. Several days later he was hospitalized following a three-hour concert in Las Vegas, where he was diagnosed with pneumonia.

He was released several days later, but had to be readmitted that same night. After nearly two months hospitalized, Juan Gabriel returned home to Mexico after doctors recommended absolute rest.

“He is recovering. This was not enchiladas, this was serious,” a rep for the singer said at the time.

After his release, the singer vowed to return to the stage and tweeted: "Back in Mexico. I feel much better! Thanks for so many beautiful messages!"

Though hailing from a small town in Mexico, Juan Gabriel has evolved into one of the best-selling Latin American musicians of all time. Around the world, Gabriel has sold over 100 million albums and has received numerous honors and awards including ASCAP’s Latin Songwriter of the Year award and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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