Frankie Stevens in for Eddie Low

Eddie Low
Eddie Low
Veteran singer Eddie Low has made the difficult decision to withdraw from the highly anticipated NZ Highwaymen 2024 tour due to ongoing health concerns.

Low has been battling diffuse gastric cancer since late last year.

This included a six-hour operation to remove his entire stomach, followed by a significant amount of weight loss. He had planned to hit the road again in June with the NZ Highwaymen, but has decided the rigours of touring — rehearsals, sound checks, travel, and the performances themselves — would be too demanding.

The tour is going around New Zealand and includes performances at Wanaka on June 29, Alexandra the next day, Mosgiel on July 2 and Waimate on July 4.

Low (81) will be replaced by Frankie Stevens (74).

"Frankie is an entertainment veteran and I have full faith in his ability to deliver an incredible show. So much work has gone into planning this tour, and although I won't be there physically, I'll be cheering them on every step of the way," Low said.

"Frankie is a great showman, and I want the fans to support him and the rest of the band."

The other three musicians in the NZ Highwaymen are Brendan Dugan, Gray Bartlett and Dennis Marsh.