Croaky Winehouse 'overwhelmed' by crowd's goodwill

Troubled singer Amy Winehouse last night played her first live date since leaving rehab.

The soul singer entertained 90,000 fans at the Rock in Rio concert in Portugal.

Despite arriving on stage an hour late and apologising for a sore throat, she played a full set.

Winehouse, who last week won an Ivor Novello award, apologised to the crowd for sounding croaky.

She said: “I should have cancelled but wanted to be here so much.”

The 24-year-old arrived on stage an hour late but after apologising to the crowd got a warm welcome.

In a statement a spokesman for the star said she was “overwhelmed” by the crowd’s goodwill.

“Amy was overwhelmed by the goodwill shown by the audience in Lisbon and even apologised for her below par vocals on stage, after suffering from a sore throat all week,” he said.

“She was given the option to cancel, but was determined to take her first step back on to the live scene and although her throat was not at 100%, Amy felt it important for fans to see that she is back working at her craft.

“She will continue to her comeback at events throughout the summer.”

Winehouse is booked to play the Nelson Mandela Concert in Hyde Park at the end of June and Glastonbury two days later as well as festivals in Scotland and Ireland in July.

In August she will play the V Festival followed by Rock En Seine in Paris and Bestival on the Isle of Wight.

Last month the singer was cautioned by police over an alleged assault.

Two weeks ago she was told she would not face charges over a video that appeared to show her smoking a crack pipe.

Last year she cancelled a series of concerts and postponed a tour of the US and Canada.

Her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil is in prison awaiting trial on charges of perverting the course of justice.

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