RICHIE KOTZEN has regretfully cancelled his shows planned for later this month in New York City, Long Island, Baltimore, and Redondo.
"Since I came back from Europe I have been struggling with my voice. Last Saturday's gig in San Juan Cap was a vocal disaster.
I thought it was fatigue from the brutal schedule in Europe however the voice is getting worse and now I am having pain even speaking.
Today I went to my doctor in Beverly Hills. He is an ear, nose, and throat specialist.
I was concerned I may have nodes. 16 years ago I had nodes... twice... 2 separate surgeries.
Today he looked at me and it is very very bad news... My left vocal chord is hemorrhaged, bruised, and bleeding.
The bottom line is I need to be on total voice rest for the next 3 weeks. This means no singing and limited talking.
I explained I had gigs next week and he told me I am the only singer he ever treated that wanted to talk about doing shows with this condition.
He explained that by trying to sing in this condition I would likely ruin my voice for good.
I am very sorry but I must cancel all shows for April.
The doctor assured me that if I rest and follow his advice my voice will return back to normal within 3 weeks from now.
Those of you who purchased VIP tickets will be refunded through paypal.
Sorry for this bad news.