The shows were due to start this week...

Razorlight have pulled their entire UK tour after singer JOHNNY BORRELL fell ill in the US, NME.COM can exclusively reveal.

Borrell began to feel sick after the band’s show in Denver (January 22), and his condition progressively worsened as the group trekked through shows in San Diego and Phoenix last week.

After seeing a doctor in LA, Borrell was diagnosed with laryngitis and prescribed a round of antibiotics to fight the throat infection. He flew back to Britain last night and under the advice of the physician has been ordered to rest his voice and not speak.

A statement issued to NME.COM reads: ”It is with great regret that Razorlight announce the postponement of all dates on their forthcoming UK tour. Singer, Johnny Borrell, developed serious problems with his voice whilst on tour in the US. The band were forced to cut short their North American dates, canceling the final sold-out show at Los Angeles’s El Rey Theatre, whilst Johnny saw a specialist in Los Angeles.

”He was diagnosed as suffering from a laryngitis type infection, given an anti-inflammatory and banned from singing for at least two weeks. Johnny immediately flew home to London to consult a second vocal specialist who confirmed his condition, put him on a course of medication and ordered complete rest.

”Johnny, Björn, Carl, and Andy apologise for the inconvenience caused to all those coming to the shows and are keen to reschedule the sold-out six night run at Manchester Apollo, Glasgow Academy, and London’s Alexandra Palace with as little delay as possible.

”While Johnny is frustrated by his enforced silence he is determined to recover as fast as he can and promises to make the re-scheduled shows the most memorable rock’n’roll nights of the year.”

The postponed shows are at:

Manchester Apollo (February 4-5)

Glasgow Academy (6-7)

London Alexandra Palace (11-12)

The re-scheduled dates will be announced imminently.