It’s been a long six months off the road, and we are excited to finally get back out and start playing music again this week. Unfortunately, I am continuing to recuperate my voice after my last surgery in February. Although the polyp surgery was a success, the underlying issue has remained the pulled muscle from my injury last July in Toledo. I have been working every waking moment over the past several weeks and months to remap and realign my vocal cords, but as anyone who’s been through extensive physical therapy can attest – it’s a grueling and unpredictable process. When I began to reschedule Frontiers dates in March, there was no way to know that the polyp surgery would not be a factor in my recovery. We were working off of the schedule my doctors and therapists have developed for thousands of procedures just like mine. It has only been the past several weeks working with several world-renowned therapists that I’ve been able to get some real answers about my injury and what it will take to recover.
If I were the only person of any consequence in this situation, it would be easy to go away and work at my body’s own pace, and come back to this when my throat and my brain figured out how to work together again. However, there’s venues who have put faith in my word and the Frontiers name, shows scheduled and in some cases rescheduled with the good will of many people who want to see me onstage again with my band. There’s the rest of the guys in this band that have stood by me over the past several months and believed that we would get back out on the road. There’s my family, who has sacrificed and grown stronger in spite of it all. And of course there’s you, the guys and girls who have emailed, texted, Facebooked, talked with me and encouraged me through it all, always positive and always on point with the same message: “You will get through this, you will come back stronger than ever.” Your thoughts and prayers and words have given me faith and strength, more than anyone can know.
So with only a few weeks left in the hourglass, it became clear that I may be forced to pack it all in, move on and be proud of everything we’ve accomplished over the past 10 years. It’s an impossible decision to make under pressure and with so many uncertainties. Luckily, over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been able to work with some friends and colleagues that have stepped forward to help us honor our commitments to our venues and our fans, and buy me a little more time to continue working on putting things back together. I’m grateful that a few key people have agreed to stand in for me over the next month or so. I will be with the band and giving support to my colleagues onstage and from the sidelines as they handle the singing duties, and the rest of my band does what they do so well. I am looking forward to seeing you all again real soon, if not immediately in my familiar role, and I assure you the lineup we have will be more than capable of bringing the music, every night they walk out on stage.
So we will see you soon – God bless and be well…