The Vaccines postpone tours as Justin Young is set for third throat operation of 2011

Band also announce a second date at O2 Academy Brixton in December

The Vaccines have been forced to postpone their US, Japanese and European tours that were due to take place this autumn after singer Justin Young was told he must undergo his third throat operation of 2011.

The band have been forced to move most of the headline dates they were due to play in September and October, and will now resume touring when they support the Arctic Monkeys on their October and November UK arena tour.

Young posted a message on the band’s official website which details the reasons behind the postponement:

Unfortunately, the doctor has now confirmed that, this week, he will be operating on my throat for a third time this year. It was the wait for this decision, and no other reason, that meant we were able to complete commitments over this last week and why we will not be able to complete those in the coming weeks.

It continues:

In a bid to allow my throat to recover and rehabilitate completely, we will be cancelling all shows, including our trips to North America in September and Japan and Europe in October. We will resume with our touring commitments in Paris on October 26th before supporting our friends the Arctic Monkeys here in the UK. This allows me to have eight weeks of the best vocal therapy available, allowing the best possible chance of complete recovery.

It continues further:

We are completely devastated by this problem that has continued to plague us personally and professionally during the best year of our lives. Cancelling shows in exchange for repeated hospital visits plain fucking sucks. We are simply following the doctor’s orders. You have our word on that. We need to be able to perform to the best of our abilities without doing permanent damage to my throat.

In happier news, The Vaccines have added a second date at O2 Academy Brixton to their December UK tour. They will now playing the venue on December 8 as well as December 7.

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