Wipe a tear, Denver headbangers: The End of the World tour is no longer coming to town.
M. Shadows, Avenged Sevenfold's lead singer, has been ordered by his doctor to rest his over-taxed vocal cords, forcing the band to cancel a string of dates with Prophets of Rage and Three Days Grace, including an August 30 gig at the Pepsi Center.
The singer's ordeal started when a viral infection led to a blood blister on his vocal folds, which are no longer vibrating properly, he writes in a note to fans: "In short, I can’t sing anything at the moment, and the more I attempt to, the more damage is being done."
Shadows's apology note indicates that he's as concerned about how the cancellation will impact the crowd as he is the crew members and the other touring bands on the lineup. "I want to apologize to the fans who have spent their time and money booking travel arrangements and accommodations," he writes. "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. Just know that I have exhausted every possible solution in trying to get out there and perform for you. It just simply can’t happen at the moment."
Followers have sent notes of support to Shadows on the band's Facebook page, wishing him a speedy recovery. "I came to the comments expecting a lot of upset people," writes one fan. "I’m glad that I was 100 percent wrong. Glad to see so many people care more about Shadows getting healthy as opposed to them canceling the tour."
Here's Shadow's complete message:
There is no good way to start out a note containing bad news but here it is.
After Europe I came down with a terrible viral infection that rendered me 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.
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. Luckily, as of now the doctors feel that 3 months of no singing and voice rest should get my cords back on track.
Unfortunately, this means we will have to cancel all tour dates at the moment.
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.
Just know that I have exhausted every possible solution in trying to get out there and perform for you. It just simply can’t happen at the moment.
We have a few things coming down the pipe soon that should be fun so we hope you look out for those.
Again, I am deeply sorry and hope to see you all soon.
Here's a list of canceled dates:
7/22 – Mansfield, MA
7/25 – Wantagh, NY
7/26 – Hartford, CT
7/28 – Bangor, ME
7/29 – Montreal, QC
7/31 – Holmdel, NJ
8/01 – Bristow, VA
8/03 – Pittsburgh, PA
8/04 – Cincinnati, OH
8/06 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
8/07 – Detroit, MI
8/09 – Toronto, ON
8/11 – Chicago, IL
8/12 – Indianapolis, IN
8/16 – Phoenix, AZ
8/17 – Las Vegas, NV
8/19 – Albuquerque, NM
8/21 – San Diego, CD
8/22 – Los Angeles, CA
8/24 – Concord, CA
8/26 – Seattle, WA
8/28 – Salt Lake City, UT
8/30 – Denver, CO
9/01 – Dallas, TX
9/02 – Houston, TX
Ticket holders can get a full refund at the point of purchase.
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