The Michigan rockband Greta Van Fleet were forced to cancel the remaining shows on their Australian tour as lead vocalist Josh Kiszka is suffering from laryngitis.
Greta Van Fleet was slated to perform in Sydney and Brisbane over the weekend and make stops in Melbourne and Auckland this week. However, all shows have been called-off. Kiszka explained the “heartbreaking news,” noting that he developed an upper respiratory infection that gradually got worse.
“I’ve been trying to recover, but cannot seem to get rid of it,” he said in a statement. “Doctors have informed me that performing in this condition could cause damage to my vocal cords, which is something that I cannot risk.
“It means the world to me to be able to perform for you, and it breaks my heart to have to do this, but I must take my health very seriously, so as to not run the risk of causing more serious harm.”
Kiszka said the band is already working on a “momentous return” to make it up to their Australian fans and will announce new dates soon, noting that this has been a “difficult situation and disappointing for all.”
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The band is slated to perform next in Barcelona, Spain later this month and will continue on a string of tour dates across Europe through late March. Following their appearances at Lollapolooza Chile, Argentina, and Brasil this summer, they’ll head to the U.S. for a brief outing before going back overseas for various festival performances.
They’ll be performing in support of their debut album, Anthem Of The Peaceful Army. The LP, which features “You’re The One” and “When The Curtain Falls,” scored the No. 1 spot on the Billboard rock chart and the No. 3 spot on the all-genres chart in 2017. They’ve also made appearances on Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The group has been nominated for four Grammy awards: Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song, Best Rock Performance, and Best New Artist.