Florence And The Machine's Florence Welch returns to live performance following vocal injury

'Shake It Out' singer recovers to play first night of North American tour

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Florence And The Machine's Florence Welch has recovered from her vocal strain to play the first night of the group's North American tour in Vancouver.

According to Rolling Stone, Welch spoke very little at the beginning of the set and her voice was "slightly restrained" during 'Only If For A Night'. The US magazine also compared her to "a freshly-injured Olympic athlete running at about 80% of their speed".

However, the magazine reports that Welch soon found her voice and addressed the crowd about her recent vocal problems, saying: "It's wonderful to be up here, because I lost my voice for a while, and it seems like it's back. This song seems quite fitting because, well, it seemed to suit last week a bit, when I lost my voice. Dark times...but it's all better now." The band then launched into 'Breaking Down' from last year's 'Ceremonials' album.

Welch and her band had to cancel their headline appearance at Benicassim at the last minute after she came down with "acute vocal strain causing swelling of the vocal cords". She also cancelled her gig at the Optimus Festival in Portugal.

Speaking to Us Weekly, the London based singer said: "I actually felt something go pop or snap, or whatever. Whatever it is, it was very frightening. I had to really adjust because it happened in the middle of a show."

She added: "I had a full check-up and he said that there wasn't any permanent damage that couldn't be restored without rest. So if I keep taking care of myself there won't be any reoccurrences."

Florence And The Machine are set to hold on to the Number One spot in the Official Singles Chart on today (July 22) with 'Spectrum'. The track, which has been remixed by dance titan Calvin Harris, is currently outselling Maroon 5's 'Payphone', but the sales figures are extremely tight, meaning the race for Number One will go down to the wire, reports the Official Charts Company.

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