Things have been pretty hard for touring bands lately, with everything from rising tour bus costs to other logistical nightmares putting the kibosh on entire weeks of shows.
Yet for German electronicore Electric Callboy, the decision to announce the postponement of its upcoming dates in the U.K. and Europe came just one day before they were set to kick off their tour thanks to a health issue that’s sidelining band’s vocalist Nico Sallach.
As a result, the band was forced to put out the following statement on their social media channels.
“Nico has been suffering from a very severe jaw and middle ear infection for quite some time now. He has tried to get better between our shows and rehearsals, but it’s not working. The infection is coming back again and again. That’s why we already had to cancel the Blue Ridge Rock Fest two weeks ago.
“Unfortunately, our hopes for a swift recovery were not fulfilled, and we have no option but to move our shows in England, France, and the US to new dates. We checked with every doctor we know, but they all say the same: no shows and especially no flying for Nico at the moment. Otherwise, he would risk permanent damage to his ear. That is a risk we definitely won’t take. We need Nico, and Nico needs his ears. And his ears need some time off.
“There is not much we can do about that. We are super sorry and hope that you can support our decision. We were very excited to play those gigs and already put a lot effort in preparing them.
“For the shows in England and France we will have new dates soon, meaning that the tickets stay valid. For the almost completely sold-out “THE LEVEL UP” Tour we had planned in the US, we have to cancel our participation and come up with new dates next year. Support the other bands and party with them!
“Believe us: We can’t wait to cross the Atlantic and come back next year. That’s a promise.”
That is a rough turn of events. We recently had some of those dudes on The MetalSucks Podcast and they genuinely seem like decent guys. We wish Nico a swift recovery and the entire band a speedy return to the road.