Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie has cancelled his previously announced solo tour due to visa issues. The tour, which was suppose to kick off on November 26 in Charlotte, NC, was in promotion of LaBrie’s latest solo release Static Impulse. The singer released the following statement and his website’s forum:
“It is very difficult for what I am about to say. The Static Impulse tour has been cancelled due to some unfortunate, unforeseen difficulties with securing work visas for a couple of the guys. It would be virtually impossible for us to have these visas processed on time to begin the tour let alone the rehearsals which were scheduled for the week prior to the first show.
I don’t know what to say other than we are all in shock and can only hope we can make this a reality at some point in the near future. I am really sorry to everyone who has gone out and purchased the meet and greets and show tickets. This totally sucks and I’m sure you’re all quite upset and have every right to be. I can only ask for your understanding and forgiveness and assure you that when we are in a position (hopefully in the near future) to tour all of this will have been taken care of well in advance or it just won’t happen.”
On the plus side, it seems Dream Theater’s search for a new drummer is going well. In a recent interview with Québec City’s CKRL 89.1 FM radio station, LaBrie revealed that the auditions were “phenomenal” and went very well. Might we hear an official announcement soon then? You can hear the interview online in its entirety.