Opeth cancel three shows due to acute laryngitis

Posted by on February 18, 2020

Opeth are currently touring across North America in support of their latest effort, In Cauda Venenum. Unfortunately, three shows have been cancelled due to frontman/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt having “acute laryngitis.” The singer noticed struggles with his voice at their show in Royal Oak, Michigan, and decided to cancel three shows to have time to recover fully. The band intends to return to the stage on Friday (21st) in New York City at the Apollo Theater.

Cancelled tour dates:

02/17 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

02/18 Montreal, QC @ MTELUS

02/19 Toronto, ON @ Rebel


Åkerfeldt comments:

“I regret to inform you that we have to cancel the following shows on the North American run: Worcester, Toronto and Montreal. The reason being ”acute laryngitis” according to the doc. It all started with voice problems in Royal Oak, Michigan. I had a doctor take a look at me before that show, and even if he gave me the all-clear in terms of being free from flu symptoms and the likes, he couldn’t dismiss potential problems with the vocal cords. Which indeed I had during Saturdays show. So we have a day off to rest during Sunday and arrived in sunny Worcester Monday morning to another doctor’s appointment. This time the doctor advised a 3-4 day rest due to “acute laryngitis”. We set the stage up and started getting ready for soundcheck anyways. As I was warming up my voice it was abundantly clear that I was not going to be able to perform at the level where I want to be vocally. I sounded like a goddamn troll. And not in a good way. So, I’ll end this rant with a massive apology to the people looking forward to tonight’s event as well as to our Canadian friends. We are currently looking into postponing these cancelled shows and come back hopefully with a clean bill of vocal-health and everything else. Try and make it up to you. In the meantime…I’ll watch TV. The joy!”

All ticket buyers can get a refund at their point of purchase if so desired but you can also opt to hang onto your tix as we’re definitely intending to reschedule these shows and all purchased tickets will remain valid for these.



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