Atreyu To Play Festivals Without Vocalist Alex Varkatrzas
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Unable to sing, vocalist Alex Varkatrzas will sit out Atreyu's upcoming appearances at the Indianapolis May Day Fest and El Paso's Balloon Fest this weekend. The band will still perform, however, with Marc McKnight (Bass) and Brandon Saller (Drums/Vocals) filling in on vocal duties.
Here is an explanation from Alex:
"ATREYU will perform both shows this weekend in Indianapolis and El Paso because the last thing we want to do is let our fans down. With apologies from me to the listeners of KLAQ and WRZX, I won't be able to be there. My voice is blown and my throat is swollen and I have sinusitis and a u.r. infection. I am so sorry. I feel like I owe more of an explanation, so here goes.
"We have been on tour at this point about 3 months. The last few weeks have been overseas in Australia, where we have been flying and playing shows everyday. I don't drink and take good care of myself but the weather/climate changing daily and constant strain on my voice has taken its toll. I saw a vocal doctor for the first time on the TOC tour because I was having a little swelling on and around my vocal chords. He examined me and saw no serious career threatening problems. However, I did have a part of my vocal chord that looked a little abnormal and inflamed and could eventually swell up more and give me problems. On top of EXTREME nasal congestion (I cant breathe thru my nose). If that swelling happens I was told to rest, in the mean time I got three cortisone shots and went back to rocking for several more weeks straight. I pushed and pushed myself every night and then we left for Australia.
"My throat and voice bothered me the last 2 oz shows and when we flew home the swelling was starting to come back. We had a day off, played a grueling hot show, and then prepared for Pointefest. At this point I felt my voice was done but tried to sleep for a few hours before I had to get up for my flight.
"My throat was swollen, sinuses inflamed and voice gone. At this point I have been put on anti-biotics and told to rest and not sing. I don't have any permanent damage but if I carry on like I have been I could get some. I don't want that. I am sorry again to everyone involved. For the longevity of the band, this is the best decision. This has never happened before. I am sorry again."
Brandon followed up with this post:
"We are scheduled to play in Indy at the May Day Fest, and in El Paso at the Balloon Fest this weekend. Unfortunately, at the last minute, a decision has been made resulting in Alex not being able to make these shows due to health issues. For fans of Atreyu, you know that we aren't a band that cancels shows. We felt terrible about not making Pointfest in St. Louis a few days back (due to plane problems) so we knew that we didn't want to let anyone else down. We will still be playing these 2 shows without Alex. Me and Marc will be taking over vocal duties and the show will go on. Alex will be missed but we still want you all to come out, rock faces, and have a great time. This also acts as a notice. Indy and El Paso...save your voices because we're gonna want to hear them even louder than we always do! We apologize and are excited to see you all."
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