Josh Kiszka’s doctor ordered him to rest his voice.
Greta Van Fleet has been grounded.
The rock revivalists announced on Monday (Feb. 4) that a doctor has ordered singer Josh Kiszka to rest his voice due to a case of laryngitis. The band scrapped Sunday’s planned show in Brisbane, as well as a planned gig at Festival Hall in Melbourne on Wednesday (Feb. 6); they had already called off a Feb. 8 show in Auckland, New Zealand in order to attend the Feb. 10 Grammy Awards, where they are up for four golden gramophones.
“I have some heartbreaking news. Unfortunately, somewhere between travel from the US to Japan and Australia, I developed an upper respiratory infection that has gradually evolved into laryngitis,” Kiszka wrote in a Facebook note to Melbourne fans. “I’ve been trying to recover, but cannot seem to get rid of it. Doctors have informed me that performing in this condition could cause damage to my vocal cords, which is something that I cannot risk, and therefore we must reschedule our shows tonight and tomorrow. It means the world to me to be able to perform for you, and it breaks my heart to have to do this, but I must take my health very seriously, so as to not run the risk of causing more serious harm. I am terribly sorry to make this announcement, we are already working on a momentous return to make this up to you and will be announcing that very soon. I hope you can understand, this has been a difficult situation and disappointing for us all.”
The band’s debut album, Anthem of the Peaceful Army, recently shot up the Billboard 200 chart (rising 150-76) following their Jan. 19 appearance on Saturday Night Live. The group’s next scheduled show after the Grammys is on Feb. 22 at the Sant Jordi Club in Barcelona, Spain, the kick-off to a European tour that will be followed by a series of South American gigs.