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Sir Cliff Richard performs on stage at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, June 5, 2014

Sir Cliff Richard performs on stage at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, June 5, 2014

Sir Cliff Richard performs on stage at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, June 5, 2014

Pop veteran Sir Cliff Richard is playing a free solo gig in New York after a planned appearance in the city supporting Morrissey was cancelled when the former Smiths frontman fell ill.

The scheduled one-off gig was scrapped last week after Morrissey collapsed following a show in Boston which he blamed on catching "a horrendous cold" from his support act Kristeen Young.

Sir Cliff, who has had a handful of hits in the United States, said the June 21 show was to thank his "loyal fans" and would include a question and answer session as well as performances of hits including Devil Woman and We Don't Talk Anymore.

He said: "I know that many fans were disappointed about the Morrissey concert being cancelled and I was disappointed as well.

"I've decided I'm going to go anyway to New York and I'm going to put on an evening. While it won't be the show I had planned to do with Morrissey, it will be a really nice, intimate evening with my fans and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone there."

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