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Melissa Etheridge Sidelined With Flu Before Tour

Rock singer Melissa Etheridge has been ordered to bed with a bad case of the flu, but she won’t miss any of her upcoming tour dates, her publicist said Tuesday.

The raspy-voiced rocker is following her doctor’s advice to take two weeks of bed rest now in order to fully recover in time to hit the road next month, with an opening show scheduled for Aug. 4 in Washington, D.C., the publicist said.

While the tour should not be affected, the flu did force Etheridge, 40, to cancel several recent in-store appearances to promote her latest album, “Skin,” and her new autobiography, “The Truth Is…”

The singer-songwriter, whose hits include “Come to My Window,” and “I’m the Only One,” has sold more than 25 million records.

Etheridge, among the first major recording artists to come out as a lesbian, made headlines last fall when she and her partner of 12 years, filmmaker Julie Cypher, announced they were splitting up.

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