NEVILLE BROTHERS star Aaron Neville is refusing to return to his native New Orleans, Louisiana - because the hurricane-ravaged city is bad for his asthma.

The TELL IT LIKE IT IS singer's home was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina last summer (AUG05), and he has yet to return to see what can be salvaged.

Currently living in Tennessee, Neville says, "I have asthma and can't inhale that stuff that they have in the air down there."

The Grammy-winning singer, 65, will perform the US National Anthem at Sunday's (05FEB06) Super Bowl final with Aretha Franklin and fellow New Orleans native Dr John.