FATS DOMINO has apologised to fans for missing his headline appearance at Louisiana's New Orleans Jazz Fest on Sunday (07MAY06), but was "too weak" to take the stage. The 78-year-old BLUEBERRY HILL star was set to close the two-weekend event, but was forced to cancel his performance at the last minute. Domino made his decision after visiting a doctor earlier in the day. He says, "Regardless of what the doctor tells you, I know how I feel. I wasn't feeling good and I was too weak. I was too weak to go on stage." The New Orleans native, who was caught up in last year's (05) devastating Hurricane Katrina, still took the stage to let fans know he wouldn't be playing. Speaking backstage at the Jazz Fest, Domino said, "I wanted to play for the people, not for the money. It was the people I wanted to play for. It hurts me when I don't play. It hurts me when I can't perform like I want to." LIONEL RICHIE stepped in and replaced Domino to close the main stage of the six-day festival.