American rock band Avenged Sevenfold have cancelled their upcoming summer tour after the lead singer and frontman M. Shadows got a viral infection that left him “voiceless.”
“I tried my best to take care of the situation with voice rest, medication and doctor visits but my voice was only getting worse,” Shadows wrote of his affliction in a statement to fans.
“After a week of steroids, the swelling went down enough to see the cause of the problem. A blood blister has formed on my vocal folds and is preventing them from vibrating properly. In short, I can’t sing anything at the moment and the more I attempt to the more damage is being done.”
The band End of the World Tour with Prophets of Rage and Three Days Grace was scheduled to begin July 22nd in Mansfield, Massachusetts.
Shadows’ vocal issues didn’t progress well enough for the band to embark on what they called their “biggest trek yet.”
“As of now, the doctors feel that 3 months of no singing and voice rest should get my chords back on track,” Shadows wrote.
“Decisions like this weigh on me very heavily. It’s a tour I was looking forward to very much. I want to apologize to the fans who have spent their time and money booking travel arrangements and accommodations. I also want to apologize to our crew and the other bands who were depending on this tour. None of these things are lost on me.
He added, "Please know that I've exhausted every possible solution trying to get out there and perform for you. It simply can't happen at the moment. I'm deeply sorry and hope to see you all soon."
Avenged Sevenfold was scheduled for a summer "End of The World" tour with Prophets of Rage and Three Days Grace, along with appearances at the Impact Festival and Heavy Montreal.
Refunds for the End of the World Tour are available at the point of purchase.
With inputs from Loudwire
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