Fans that were looking forward to the Avenged Sevenfold/Prophets of Rage tour this summer were dealt a devastating blow this evening.
M. Shadows issued the following statement stating the tour has been canceled citing a vocal cord issue:
“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 chords 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.
Prophets of Rage also issued a statement regarding the canceled tour:
“We're so sorry that our tour with Avenged Sevenfold was canceled today and we won’t be able to come see you all this summer. We were seriously looking forward to rocking with you all out on the road. Unfortunately, this cancellation affects our shows in St. Louis on 8/13 and Portland on 8/25. We wish M. Shadows a speedy recovery.”
Fans can get refunds for the A7X/Prophets of Rage tickets at the point of purchase.
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.