California band Of Mice & Men has been forced to cancel the remaining dates on its current European headlining tour. The group said in a statement, “We had to cut short our set in Portsmouth on Saturday night due to (singer) Austin (Carlile) being in pain throughout the show. We attempted to play the show in Cardiff the following night, but it became increasingly obvious that we were not able to continue and that we need to focus on Austin’s health.”
The band added, “As much as we wish we could complete the remaining dates of this tour, we know that we would be doing a disservice to all of our loyal fans, as well as ourselves, performing under the current circumstances. The reality is that we feel the best thing to do right now is go home, get Austin the appropriate medical attention and regroup before we head back out on the road again.”
- Following the band’s statement, Carlile wrote online that he was being admitted to Stanford University Hospital to find out what was happening to him.
- Carlile has a history of medical issues going back several years that have had an impact on Of Mice & Men’s activities, not to mention his own life.
- When he was 17, Carlile was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, which affects his connective tissue and causes weakness in his heart, lungs, ears, joints and muscles. He revealed, “I have so much arthritis from this condition I’m in chronic pain from my wrists to my elbow.”
- The singer has had surgery on his ears, hip, heart, head and feet over the years, with operations last year on his ribs and skull forcing him to cancel a series of tour dates and undergo months of therapy.
- More recently, he suffered a collapsed lung during Of Mice & Men’s set in Denver this past August but still finished the show.
- Despite his ailments, Carlile decided to quit a daily dosage of OxyContin, Ritalin and anti-depressants last January, saying, “The next three months of my life, which was when we were in the studio, those were the worst months.”
- The new Of Mice And Men album, Cold World, came out on September 9th. The first single and video from the band’s fourth record is called “Real.” The disc follows up 2014’s Restoring Force, which featured the singles “Feels Like Forever” and “Never Giving Up.”