The Jezabels cancel tour as keyboardist undergoes cancer treatment

Heather Shannon was diagnosed with cancer three years ago

Australian band The Jezabels have canceled their world tour as member Heather Shannon undergoes treatment for ovarian cancer.

The band were due to play live dates in Australia next month (February) before touring Europe and the US in March. However, they have decided to cancel the tour, scheduled in support of their upcoming third album, due to keyboardist Shannon’s inability to travel.

A statement posted to the group’s Facebook page reads: “Three years ago Heather was diagnosed with a unique type of ovarian cancer. Although she has been able to maintain life as usual generally, between treatments, the time has come for her to undergo further immediate treatment which will require her to stay in Sydney.”

“We were very excited to be hitting the road again in support of our third album, ‘Synthia’, but sadly due to a sudden turn of events Heather’s condition requires attention now so touring in the proposed time frame is no longer possible.”

Shannon also wrote in the statement: “Up until now, I have preferred to not let this diagnosis get in the way of getting on with life. I feel a deep frustration at this new roadblock, as I now have to take a step back and undergo treatment. The band means so much to me, and cancelling the tour has been a very sad decision. I am hopeful that in the near future we will be back on the road again playing music we love. This album means so much to us, and we were so looking forward to sharing it live with everyone.”

“Having said that, I feel very lucky to be in the care of the public health system here in Australia. I have met many inspiring people and I am receiving the best treatment possible. There is a lot of research going into ovarian cancer at the moment, and a big push for awareness.”

The Jezabels formed in 2007 and released their debut album ‘Prisoner’ in 2011. They followed it with ‘The Brink’ in January 2014.

New album ‘Synthia’ will be released on February 12.