Avenged Sevenfold have canceled the rest of their upcoming summer tour dates alongside Prophets of Rage, citing a recently diagnosed vocal cord injury frontman M. Shadows sustained as a result of a recent viral infection. The singer broke the unfortunate news to fans via a letter posted on the band's website. "After our European tour, I came down with a terrible viral infection that rendered me voiceless," writes Shadows. "A blood blister has formed on my vocal folds and is preventing them from vibrating properly. Luckily, doctors feel that three months of no singing and voice rest should get my cords back on track."
"Decisions like this weigh on me very heavily," Shadows adds. "It's a tour I was looking forward to very much. I want to apologize to the fans who have spent their time and money booking travel arrangements and accommodations. I also want to apologize to our crew and the other bands who were depending on this tour. None of these things are lost on me. Just know that I have exhausted every possible solution in trying to get out there and perform for you. It just simply can't happen at the moment. We have a few things coming down the pipe soon that should be fun so we hope you look out for those."
A full list of affected dates can be found here. Ticket refunds for all shows will be available at point of purchase.