At The Drive-In have cancelled the remainder of their North American tour dates a day after pulling a show in New York.
Just two hours before they were due to appear onstage, the band cancelled a show at New York City’s Terminal 5 venue last night (June 17).
The venue had already let fans inside, many of whom who filmed the announcement from guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López and drummer Tony Hajjar that frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala has lost his voice and the band would not be performing. The band had also cancelled their June 15 show in Washington, D.C.
The band later made a statement on Facebook explaining that “Cedric has a health concern with his vocal chords and can’t perform this evening. It is not possible to play without furthering his injury. ATDI has a goal to be a band for a very long time and we don’t want to impede that in any way.”
Now, the group have confirmed that their entire North American tour has been called off, writing in a statement on Facebook: “Apologies to all our fans who have tickets but following our news earlier tonight, we regret to announce that all further shows on our North American tour, up to and including the Amnesia Festival appearance on June 25th are cancelled. Tickets can be refunded from point of purchase. We will be back to make up these shows in the future. Thank you for your continued support.”
In fan-shot clips of their cancelled New York show, which you can see below, drummer Hajjar takes the microphone, saying, “We feel absolutely horrible but we have a goal, our goal is to continue being a band for a very long time. We will be back, and this is really, really hard to do right now. We feel horrible. Obviously we set up, we’re here. We sound-checked, and we couldn’t get to it and it’s not plausible for us to do a show. And this is New York, this means the world to us. Terminal 5 means the world to us.”
At this point someone in the crowd says “We still love you” and a wave of applause begins, before some fans start booing.
Rodríguez-López then addresses the crowd without the microphone saying, “Thanks for being patient… He can’t sing, that’s the reality, we’re bummed out, you’re bummed out, you showed up, we showed up, this is what we’re dealing with.” He is then interrupted by a chorus of fans telling him to use the microphone. Hajjar adds, “We’re really sorry guys. We really love you, thank you so much for coming down.” Fans on the balcony then start shouting at the band.