Arcade Fire Cancels European Dates
Mon, 26 Mar 2007 14:03:32
In a message posted on the Arcade Fire website, singer Win Butler announced that, due to illness, the band will have to cancel the remaining dates on their European Tour. Butler discovered that he has been exacerbating the damage to his voice initially caused by a sinus and bronchial infection. The frontman made the decision in Oslo over the weekend, but did not mention whether his health would affect the North American dates.
This is the full post below:
I am backstage at the venue in Oslo and I just had to make the very sad decision to cancel the rest of the European tour. I have been suffering from a sinus and bronchial infection for the last 3 months, and last night in Stockholm I finally pushed my voice and body farther than they are able to go. Last night I kept yelling at the monitor guy because I didn't recognize the sound that was coming out of the monitor as my own voice, and it took me until the second song to realize that the sound was coming from me. Today I can barely speak, or make any sound, so finishing the shows is no longer possible.
I have had several doctors advise me to cancel shows weeks ago, and I have been trying to push through, but for my own health and safety I need to have sinus surgery so I can get better and start the recovery process. We are all very sad, because we were very much looking forward to playing these shows, and we could not imagine canceling a show unless it was physically impossible to do. We apologize to the fans that have been waiting to see us, and we promise to try and come back as soon as it is humanly possible...
We would like to thank everyone who has been coming to the shows, and the outpouring of love and support for our music that we have felt. Wish me luck with the doctors,
And see you soon
—The ARTISTdirect Staff