The band said singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala has a problem with his vocal cords
Just two hours before they were due to appear onstage, At The Drive-In 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..
In fan-shot clips, which you can see below, 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.
The band have since 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.” Tickets for the show will be refunded.