It is never easy to hear bad news when it comes to your favorite artists. For fans of the heavy metal band, Avenged Sevenfold, they were hit hard with the devasting news. The band revealed today that they had no choice but to cancel their upcoming summer tour due to doctors orders that lead singer M. Shadows should rest his damaged vocal chords.
Avenged Sevenfold’s scheduled had the band starting their “End of the World” summer tour this weekend, July 22nd in Massachusettes with musical support from Prophets of Rage and Three Days Grace. As part of their tour, the band had appearances at the Impact Festival and Heavy Montreal.
It was after the band finished their European tour that Shadows was struck with a viral infection. As it got worse, there was no other option but to call off their upcoming North American tour in its entirety.
Shadows spoke out to his fans in a letter saying, “After our European tour, I came down with a terrible viral infection that rendered me voiceless. A blood blister has formed on my vocal folds and is preventing them from vibrating properly. Luckily, doctors feel that three months of no singing and voice rest should get my cords back on track.”
He apologizes for the short notice expressing that he did everything he could to get better. “Decisions like this weigh on me very heavily,” Shadows says. “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.”
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.”
In a little encouragement by the frontman, the band has some things coming in the future saying, “We have a few things coming down the pipe soon that should be fun, so we hope you look out for those.” So fans of the California based band that all hope is not lost.
Prophets of Rage went on their social media earlier today with their response to Avenged Sevenfold’s news. On their twitter page, the band had this to say.
(1/2) We’re so sorry that our tour with Avenged Sevenfold was cancelled 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. pic.twitter.com/VSf0R7DLFE
— Prophets of Rage (@prophetsofrage) July 20, 2018
Avenged Sevenfold hailed from Huntington Beach, California and it was formed in 1999. It consists of current members, lead vocalist M. Shadows, rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist Zacky Vengeance, lead guitarist and backing vocalist Synyster Gates, bassist and backing vocalist Johnny Christ, and drummer Brooks Wackerman.
You can read the full letter by Shadows by going to the band’s official website here.
For those loyal fans who bought tickets for the End of the World Tour, know that there are ticket refunds available at point of purchase. Those who were attending the Impact Festival and Heavy Montreal are urged to visit the festival’s websites for more information.
Scroll down for the full list of canceled tour dates.
End of the World Tour Dates:
07/22 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
07/25 – Wantagh, NY @ Jones Beach Theater
07/26 – Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theatre
07/28 – Bangor, ME @ Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion (‘Impact Music Festival‘)
07/31 – Holmdel, NJ @ P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
08/01 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
08/03 – Pittsburgh, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion
08/04 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
08/06 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
08/07 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
08/09 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
08/11 – Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
08/12 – Indianapolis, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
08/16 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
08/17 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
08/19 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
08/21 – San Diego, CA @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
08/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
08/28 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
08/30 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
09/01 – Dallas, TX @ Starplex Pavilion
09/02 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Photo Credit: Mauricio Alvarado