Credit: Jeff ForneyAvenged Sevenfold has canceled their summer tour, as frontman M. Shadows is unable to sing due to damaged vocal cords.
In a letter posted to the A7X website, Shadows explains that, while on tour in Europe, he “came down with a terrible viral infection,” which he says left him “voiceless.” He then learned that he had a “blood blister” on his vocal cords, which prevents 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,” Shadows writes. “Luckily, as of now the doctors feel that 3 months of no singing and voice rest should get my chords back on track.”
While he is on the mend, Shadows explains that he’s currently in no condition to tour.
“Decisions like this weigh on me very heavily,” he writes. “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.”
“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,” the singer continues. “We have a few things coming down the pipe soon that should be fun so we hope you look out for those.”
The tour was set to begin July 22 in Mansfield, Massachusetts. Prophets of Rage and Three Days Grace were also on the bill.
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