When At The Drive-In guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López and drummer Tony Hajjar took the stage at Manhattan’s Terminal 5, the last thing fans expected was for them to cancel the gig. Alas, that was their surprising announcement, which was followed up by the worse news that all remaining shows on their North American tour have been axed.
The pair informed fans two hours before they were set to perform on Friday that frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala was too sick to go on. “He can’t sing, that’s the reality,” López said, according to fan-shot video of the announcement. “We’re bummed out, you’re bummed out. You showed up, we showed up. This is what we’re dealing with.”
The band followed-up with a statement posted to Facebook. “Apologies to all our fans in NYC that were coming to our show. Cedric has a health concern with his vocal chords and can’t perform this evening,” the message read. “It is not possible to play without furthering his injury. Thank you for your support! ATDI has a goal to be a band for a very long time and we don’t want to impede that in any way. We will be back! Tickets can be refunded from point of purchase.”
The band is scheduled to begin their European tour on June 29 in Denmark.