Victor Willis, the original lead singer of the Village People who performed dressed as a helmeted policeman, underwent successful surgery at a San Diego hospital on July 7 to remove nodules from his vocal cords. As a result of the surgery, Willis, who sang and co-wrote the hits “Y.M.C.A.” and “Macho Man,” has been forced to cancel a solo American tour, which could be rebooked as early as October. All tickets could be refunded at point of purchase.
Willis developed hoarseness after several 2007 performances forcing him to cancel European and Canadian concert dates earlier this year.
He left the Village People in 1980 and returned to performing in 2007 as a solo artist.
The Village People are a disco/dance pop/funk/r&b sextet with individual members portraying a construction worker, G.I./sailor, leatherman/biker, cowboy, indian and cop/admiral. “In the Navy” and “Go West” were among their other classics.