Death Cab For Cutie Canceled Concerts in The UK Due to Illness


Death Cab For Cutie has cancelled most of the concerts on the current UK tour due to illness.

Earlier this week, the band’s concerts in Edinburgh and Glasgow were canceled due to a cold that affected the vocal cords of frontman Ben Gibbard. Now Death Cab For Cutie has confirmed that the show, which was supposed to take place in Manchester tomorrow evening (March 25), will no longer be.

The band posted an extended explanation of the cancellation written by Gibbard on their Instagram.

Dear Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester!

“On behalf of the whole band, please accept our sincere apologies for the cancellation of our concerts in your cities. We flew halfway around the world with the intention of playing music for you guys, and it absolutely breaks our hearts that we can’t do it. We also think you deserve more explanation than just “illness,” Gibbard began.

“Due to a number of factors beyond our team’s control (competition for a venue after coronavirus, currency fluctuations, inflation, etc.), we knew that this Euro-British tour would leave us with little chance that something would go wrong. We knew that even more than usual, we would be in perpetual motion and we would have very few days off. We took a risk because the reward will be music for you guys.

“For three concerts, I caught a cold, hitting my vocal cords. On more occasions than I’d like to admit, I’ve been backstage just a few minutes before the scheduled time, struggling with my voice to open up. And, fortunately, in almost all cases it was. It hasn’t happened yet.”

He continued: “Some of you who were at the concert in Birmingham may have noticed that something is wrong with me. I was incredibly upset that my voice wasn’t doing what I wanted and that I couldn’t give you the show that I thought you deserved. The next day I lost my voice.

“During the 26-year career of this band, we canceled concerts only when we had no other choice. When you guys decide to give us your hard-earned dollars/pounds/euros, you deserve us the best you can.

“We promise that we will be back as soon as possible. I wouldn’t say this if it wasn’t true; Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester are our three favorite cities around the world. You guys have always stood up for us, and your musical heritage has played an integral role in shaping who we are, both as musicians and as people.

“Thank you for your patience and understanding. Ben.”

Currently, the band’s remaining UK concerts in Brighton and London at the beginning of next week are still taking place — you can see the dates below and buy tickets here.

27 – Brighton, Dome
28 – London, Roundhouse
29 – London, Royal Albert Hall 


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