According to pitchfork.com indie pop group Belle and Sebastian have canceled their upcoming North American tour due to t Stuart Murdoch’s struggling with chronic fatiuge. Earlier today Murdoch wrote a Twitter post to further explain why the tour was cancelled.
Thanks to everyone who bought tickets for the shows and for those of you who’ve reached out with love and support recently. We hope to be playing to you all soon. pic.twitter.com/Sjw7WL43S2
— belle & sebastian (@bellesglasgow) January 24, 2023
“As you might be aware my health took a dive around November 2022. While I am hoping that I will improve over the coming months, we felt it would be a safer route to cancel this tour and leave a clear path to recovery, rather than take a risk and have to cancel at the last minute.”
According to spin.com Murdoch was diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis more than two decades ago before joining Belle and Sebastian. Over the past couple of years, Murdoch did reference his illness in both his music and in interviews. During an 2018 interview with CNN Murdoch states how he deals with his health issues.
“I’m the boring one who sneaks back to the hotel and gets into the bath … perhaps as soon as the concert is over. I’m going to feel sick and I’m going to look like an invalid for the next 24 hours.”
Belle and Sebastian has canceled its spring North American tour while frontman Stuart Murdoch deals with health issues related to a longtime struggle with chronic fatigue syndrome. The outing was scheduled to begin April 24 in Mexico and follows the cancellation of a planned U.K., Europe, and South American tour last fall.
Belle and Sebastian announced the tour last October and it was set to start in Mexico at the end of April. The group has not mentioned when the shows will be rescheduled. Belle and Sebastian released their latest album Late Developers earlier this month, after last year’s release of A Bit of Previous.
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