Oh no! Def Leppard was forced to cancel the remaining part of its U.S. tour on Jan. 30 as frontman Joe Elliott continues to struggle with ongoing throat issues. Could this be the end of the British rock band as we know it?
It’s a sad day for Def Leppard fans. Just three days into its Winter 2016 Tour, the British rock band has been forced to officially postpone the remainder of its shows as frontman Joe Elliott continues to battle with a serious throat issue. Could this be a sign the band is on the verge of breaking up?!
Well, this certainly doesn’t look good. The British rock band, which has been touring with short breaks since April 2015, announced on its website on Jan. 30 that it would be postponing the remaining 10 shows on its schedule due to Joe’s ongoing illness. The news comes just days after the band was forced to cancel its Jan. 27th show in Greensboro, NC, and Jan. 30th show in Orlando, FL. at the last minute.
“Def Leppard have postponed the remaining dates on their Winter 2016 tour due to illness,” read the band’s official statement. “All shows from February 2 in San Antonio, TX, through February 17 Allentown, PA, will be rescheduled – including the previously postponed dates in Greensboro, NC, and Orlando, FL.”
While the band didn’t elaborate on the “illness” responsible for postponing their tour, drummer Rick Allen did turn to Twitter to tell fans, “The doctor basically said that if Joe continues to sing without resting his throat for a month he might do permanent damage.”
The Doctor basically said that if Joe continues to sing without resting his throat for a month he might do permanent damage.. 🍞💩🍞
— Rick Allen (@rickallenlive) January 31, 2016
Yikes! While the band has promised to announce details on the new tour dates “soon” — a sign that they intend to stay together for the time being, anyways — there’s definitely still some cause for concern here. Last year, Joe revealed he had been suffering from bronchial spasms, saying doctors had no explanation for his coughing but that he believed it was brought on by dust and gas emissions at a biker festival they had played previously.
Joe’s throat problems also plagued the Def Leppard Cruise, which ran from January 21st to 25th. By their second day at sea, Joe was reportedly unable to perform, forcing some of the cruise’s supporting artists – Kip Winger and Mr. Big’s Eric Martin to name a few – as well as Def Leppard’s guitarists to handle the vocal duties, Fortune reports. “This is the strangest thing I’ve ever said onstage, but ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Def Leppard,” the frontman told the crowd, later revealing that he was suffering from severe laryngitis.
Let’s hope that Joe gets the rest that he (and his voice) needs, and is able to pick up where the band left off in a couple of weeks.
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