I just want to thank everyone for the positive thoughts over the past few weeks. It has not been an easy decision to cancel and reschedule shows, and I apologize for all of the inconvenience.
I have confirmed today that my surgery to remove a vocal polyp from my vocal cords is scheduled for Tuesday, December 13th. I will be on voice rest and unable to sing for at least 6-8 weeks.
We WILL be performing at Rhythm & Brews in Chattanooga on Friday December 9th, as planned. Unfortunately, my voice cannot recover from a show with enough strength to perform the following day in Pensacola FL, and we will reschedule that show for after my surgery and recovery.
All shows that have been affected will be rescheduled after mid-February, and we have already begun working on that schedule. My doctors and I expect that I will make a full recovery, and be back to performing at 100%, which is something I haven’t been able to do since late spring of this year at least.
Beginning in 2012, I expect that we will be performing a reduced schedule. This does not mean that we will not be traveling and performing in the same areas and venues that we have in the past. However, I do not expect that we will be performing 3-4 shows a week, with 1-2 shows being at small bar-type venues and a couple of shows at larger theatres. My expectation that our schedule will include 5-8 shows monthly, at larger venues that will be more sensibly routed. In the past, we frequently traveled 8-10 hours between shows – after performing into the late night and waking up a few hours later to drive – for days at a time. In June of this year alone, we performed 16 shows in 30 days, from Florida, to Chicago, to Pittsburgh, to Dallas, TX, to Charlotte NC. We didn’t get on a bus or a plane, we all took turns driving for hours on end, to arrive at a venue and perform for another few hours.
The overhead of fuel, hotels, and general wear and tear and business expense made it necessary to perform on any down time we had. The stress of being on the road combined with inadequate time for my voice to rest between performances took its toll on my voice, and the July 3rd incident in Toledo with the fog machine caused my voice to basically shut down. Since then, I haven’t allowed myself the time to heal, and the polyp on my vocal cord has gotten to the point where rest will not longer fix the problem, and the only solution is this surgery.
I’m looking forward more than anything else right now to recuperating from this surgery and putting this year in the past. The past 8 months or so have been more stressful than any other time in my life, and I want nothing more than to face the next year with a healthy voice, and a business plan and schedule that will allow myself and Frontiers to be at the top of our game every single time we walk out on stage.
My expectation is that our first show after surgery will be in mid February, probably at House of Blues Cleveland. We have already confirmed a return to Charleston SC at Music Farm on Friday March 16th, and the following day in Charlotte NC at Amos’ Southend (St Patty’s Day).
Again, my sincere apologies to everyone for all of the inconvenience, and my heartfelt thanks to those of you that have supported myself and the band this year and expressed your well wishes. We are all looking forward to a great 2012, and anticipate using our down time to rework our setlist and show to keep things interesting for the next year’s shows.