Cat Power, Ben Harper Postpone Australian Tours

by Paul Cashmere, Noise11

Chan Marshall aka Cat Power has cancelled her Australian tour due to a medical condition.

Chan Marshall suffers from Hereditary Angioedema (HAE) a potentially fatal rare blood disease that causes swelling around the throat, esophagus and internal organs. The same condition forced her to postpone some European dates in 2012 – all of which were rescheduled.

At that time, Marshall wrote:
As many of my fans know, I’ve been suffering from angioedema. It can attack at random & is extremely frightening and dangerous when it hits my throat, windpipe, or tongue, and I’ve been hospitalized for it eight times since the first attack, 2 DAYS AFTER MY RECORD RELEASE. Since then, I worked very very hard with all the best allergists, cardiologists, neurologists, accupuncurists, homeopathists & renowned healers that I could find, Body Talk, Reiki, Yoga, etc. so that I COULD DO THIS AMERICAN TOUR. I did my best & I want to do MORE & BETTER.

The American tour has been wonderful and amazing, and with me being unable to AFFORD to bring my show with full production, (which i helped create) to Europe, financially, really dumped a huge additional amount of stress on me as i was and still am fighting trying to get tour support.

I have to postpone my European tour until early next year, so I can return home and re-engage myself back into my health regimen.

I love my fans. Everything I do regarding my career, I FIRST, think of my fans and this world we all share. But right now, I HAVE TO think of myself because I have to learn trough meditation & being clear from alcohol & cigarettes & red meat and lots of rest amongst my menagerie of doctors…. I have to think of MYSELF right now because I have to now LEARN to heal myself. Through that, I can learn to help others to heal themselves. I know my fans will understand and I thank them and love them much more than I believe they could ever know. I am here and do what I do, for them and because of them. You have kept me alive this long, I refuse to give up on you OR MYSELF. And that goes to all the journalists who write a true story as well. To you all in the struggle. May light be on your path at every step.
Cat Power does plan to reschedule the Australian tour as soon as she is well enough to travel.

All tickets for this tour will remain valid for the rescheduled dates which will be advised shortly.

In addition, Ben Harper needs more time to finish his next album and that means the upcoming March tour for Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals has been postponed.

Harper has bumped the March tour to November.

A statement from the band reads:
To our great fans in Australia and New Zealand:

Unfortunately we need to postpone our upcoming tour so that we can put the finishing touches on our new album. We can’t wait to see you in November/December.

Until then,
Much love, BHIC


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