King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Cancel Tour Dates Amidst ‘Personal Health Crisis’
Frontman Stu Mackenzie needs to return to Australia "for some urgent treatment" as he battles Crohn's Disease.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard canceled all 13 remaining tour dates of a recently started run through the UK and Europe. Frontman Stu Mackenzie revealed he has been battling Crohn’s Disease and his “personal health crisis” became bad enough that he needs to “get home for some urgent treatment.”
The Australian rock band made the announcement on Instagram following a show on Friday in Prague. Saturday’s performance at the POLandROCK Festival in Szczecinek, Poland was the first of 13 dates canceled. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard were due to mix festival appearances and headlining concerts throughout Europe and the UK for the next three weeks.
“Unfortunately due to a personal health crisis we’re going to have to cancel the remaining EU and UK dates,” Mackenzie wrote. “For the past decade or so I’ve dealt with Crohn’s Disease the best I can. It’s a miracle we haven’t cancelled any shows in the past. But right now, my health is in really bad shape and I need to get home for some urgent treatment.”
“I’ve always kept my struggles with Crohn’s private,” added Stu. “I guess I didn’t want to be defined by it. And maybe I’m not defined by it, but I’m certainly dictated by it. It’s looming threat has shaped almost every major decision in my adult life. I think about it and plan for it and around it every day. I know a lot of people deal with chronic illnesses.”
Mackenzie went on to apologize to fans, the band’s crew and management. Refunds for headlining concerts will be available via point of purchase starting on Monday, August 8. King Gizzard are currently expected to begin a North American tour with an appearance at the Desert Daze festival in Perris, California on September 30.
Read the full note from Stu Mackenzie below:
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