Epica have been forced to pull out of the remainder of their US/Canada tour with Eluveitie, The Agonist and Martina Edoff, with the other bands continuing without them. This is the second time the band have had to miss out on touring the continent, after the original tour was cancelled when headliners Machine Head dropped out in order to finish recording their album.
At the start of the tour it was announced that keyboard player Coen Janssen would sadly be sitting out the shows in order to support his wife, who had been diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing treatment. A further setback came as lead singer Simone Simons' father became critically ill, and she flew home to be with him. As the situation has not improved, the band were unable to continue with the tour.
Read their full statement below:
Dear North American Fans,
It is with heavy hearts that we have to announce the cancellation of all remaining shows of our North American tour.
A couple of days ago, Simone had to fly back to the Netherlands to be with her family due to an emergency. Sadly, there has been no major improvement in that situation so it is impossible for Simone to return to the tour at this moment. Therefore, we have no other option than to cancel the remaining dates.
However, the Revolver tour will carry on as scheduled with Eluveitie, The Agonist and Martina Edoff.
We will again be rescheduling the North American tour in support of The Quantum Enigma for the beginning of next year.
If you wish to refund your tickets you can do this through the venue. VIP tickets purchased through Sound Rink will be refunded automatically. Tickets for this tour will not be valid for the rescheduled dates.
We want to thank all our fans and partners for their understanding and support in this difficult situation.
We would like to extend our thoughts and best wishes to the members of Epica at this challenging time.