Last weekend James Burton was taken ill at Shreiveport Airport and the airport doctor would not allow him to fly. So Jerry Scheff became top of the bill at the Elvis event in New Brighton. After one night he was allowed to fly home.
Updated with reaction from James Burton / Rogier Luyken:
Turns out he had a real bad flu that jammed up his nose and ears and flying with closed ears because of flu is dangerous so the doctor made him stay home. He said it was the first ever gig he had to cancel due to flu. He wants everyone to know not to worry, he is doing fine! Also he said thanks for everyone's concern and that he is looking forward to the January 8th gig in Amsterdam.
Source: Email / Updated: Nov 24, 2003