Pearl Jam forced to CANCEL London concert after frontman Eddie Vedder 'completely loses his voice'
Pearl Jam have cancelled their London gig just hours before showtime due to frontman Eddie Vedder 'completely losing his voice'.
The band announced the news on Twitter earlier this afternoon, revealing that Eddie, 53, has been ordered to go on 'vocal rest' if he wishes to fulfill the band's remaining tour dates.
The group were set to perform a second show at The O2 arena, having played the first of their two London dates at the venue on Monday night, but will now postpone the gig until next month.
'He is on vocal rest': Pearl Jam have cancelled their London gig just hours before showtime due to frontman Eddie Vedder 'completely losing his voice'
Sharing a lengthy apology on social media, the group admitted they were 'gutted' about having to move the show and are actively working to finalise a new date.
A spokesperson for the band wrote: 'Pearl Jam are very sorry to announce that they will be unable to perform tonight’s show at the O2 Arena in London.
'The band is working on rescheduling the concert date for mid-July.
'Singer Eddie Vedder has completely lost his voice. He is on vocal rest for the next few days in an effort to heal and perform the remainder of the tour dates.'
'We're gutted': The band announced the news on Twitter this afternoon, revealing that Eddie, 53, has been ordered to go on 'vocal rest' if he wishes to fulfill the band's remaining tour dates
They added: 'It’s the first time ever having to postpone a show for this reason. Ed and the band are gutted thinking of all the folks who have travelled and made plans.
'Sending their biggest apologies out to everyone. And huge gratitude for all their continued support.
'Tickets for tonight show will be valid and transferable to the rescheduled concert date. Expect more information soon. Please contact your point of purchase for all other public ticket inquiries. [sic]'
The American rockband, who are behind hits such as Alive and Jeremy, are expected to resume their tour in Milan, Italy on Friday.
'Sending our biggest apologies': Sharing a lengthy apology on Twitter, the group said they were 'gutted' about having to move the show and are actively working to finalise a new date
The apology sparked a mixed reaction from fans, with many of last night's attendees admitting they noticed Eddie struggling during the performance.
One wrote: 'I had tickets to both nights - last night's gig was absolutely brilliant but Eddie's voice was clearly struggling and he seemed in pain.
'So I was sort of expecting this. You gotta look after that one-in-a-billion voice Eddie! Take care and thank you.'
Another wrote: 'During black he went round the back of the stand and was on all fours looking like he was trying to be sick before curling up into a ball and laying there, somebody went and got him some tablets after that.'
Dividing fans: The apology sparked a mixed reaction from fans, with many of last night's attendees admitting they noticed Eddie struggling during the performance
Others were less understanding, with one slamming: 'If Eddie was struggling last night why not make the call last night?
'That would’ve at least given us a chance to cancel trains, cancel hotels and get annual leave days back at work? Apologies don’t cover costs, so angry and let down.'
One fan revealed she had flown all the way from Indonesia to watch the band, writing: 'Dear Pearl Jam, I love you but coming to London has cost me A LOT! Flight from Jakarta, leaving my 2yo son, London is super expensive.'
The group were set to perform a second show at The O2 arena, having played the first of their two London dates at the venue on Monday night
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