Craig McLachlan tour postponed due to covid concerns

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Singer and actor Craig McLachlan has been forced to postpone his comeback concerts due to covid.

The concert series, in which McLachlan was to appear as country singer Hank Williams, would have been his first stage appearance since he was cleared in December of assault allegations against four women on the set of The Rocky Horror Picture Show in 2014.

McLachlan, who rose to fame on Neighbours, said on Instagram that it was with “great sadness” that his Nobody Lonesome For Me tour had been pushed back from July.

“Unfortunately, the effects of current Covid-19 restrictions have logistically affected the run of the tour,” he wrote on Instagram. “All tickets will be fully refunded, and new dates will be released as soon as we can be more certain about arrangements, and the safety of fans and our team.

“Thank you so much for your ongoing support – to everyone who expressed their excitement, and to anybody who purchased tickets; I am forever grateful for you. Don’t worry, Hank is coming!”

The show — scheduled to premiere in Perth on July 29 at His Majesty’s Theatre before travelling around the country to Broken Hill, Tamworth, Adelaide, Hobart, Launceston and Brisbane — has been postponed until 2022.

Nobody Lonesome For Me tells the story of the last two hours in the life of Hank Williams, who died on New Year’s Eve, 1953.

The tour was something of a relaunch for McLachlan’s career, who last month gave an interview with his long-term partner Vanessa Scammell about the “absolute demolition” the assault allegations had on his life.

McLachlan said he self-exiled to a shipping container on a remote property and was admitted to a mental health facility because his loved ones feared he was going to take his own life.

“Really at that point, all you can think about is Nessie is going to be better off without me. My family will be better off without me,” McLachlan told Channel 7.

“I’m not afraid to talk about this because I’m hoping it will help people who have been in similar situations.

“The crucifixion was so brutal,” he said.

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