Greta Van Fleet Singer Felled By Laryngitis, Australian Tour Scrapped
Greta Van Fleet has been forced to cancel the remaining concerts on the band's Australian tour after singer Josh Kiszka was stricken with laryngitis, making him unable to perform. Kiszka broke the news in a statement, saying that the band was "already working on a momentous return to make this up to you."
A handful of shows in Brisbane and Melbourne were scrapped, as well as a concert in Auckland, New Zealand. The band will head home and presumably give Kiszka time to recover before the Michigan quartet attends the Grammy Awards this Sunday (February 10th), where they are up for four awards.
Kiszka wrote, "I have some heartbreaking news. Unfortunately, somewhere between travel from the U.S. to Japan and Australia, I developed an upper respiratory infection that has gradually evolved into laryngitis . . . Doctors have informed me that performing in this condition could cause damage to my vocal cords, which is something that I cannot risk."
The singer added, "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."
Bassist Sam Kiszka told us that the members of Greta Van Fleet embrace the long hours and travel that being in a successful rock band can bring: "It goes beyond the music. I think that rock 'n' roll lifestyle really entails, you know, being a part of the world and being a part of -- you know, the global traveler, and seeing everything and experiencing everything. I think that's rock 'n' roll."
Greta Van Fleet will kick off a run of North American dates in May.