Killswitch Engage have been forced to cancel previously scheduled shows in late April and early May due to singer Jesse Leach having to undergo surgery on his vocal chords.

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The band revealed the news in a Facebook post on Tuesday night, announcing that seven shows will be affected during the singer’s time off.

The band wrote: “Earlier today we found out Jesse [Leach, vocals] needs to have surgery to repair an issue with his vocal cords. He is expected to make a full recovery and be fine for any future touring, but to avoid any future risk, we, unfortunately, have to pull off these dates now. Our intention is to postpone the headline shows in Sayreville, Louisville, Cleveland and Poughkeepsie and get back to our fans as soon as possible. New dates for those cities will be announced soon, so please hold on to your tickets. In the meantime, our friends in HATEBREED and THE WORD ALIVEstill plan on coming to Louisville, Kentucky on May 1 for a separate show at Trixie's. Show them your support.”

For the shows that were impacted, the group states that they are only planning on postponing their headline shows so fans should hold on to their tickets until new dates for those cities are announced. If fans are still looking for refunds, there will be ticket refunds available to those who purchased tickets to their headlining shows. You can see a full list of the canceled shows below. 

Canceled Dates:

4/26 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom***

4/28 Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome To Rockville Fest

4/29 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Fort Rock Fest

5/01 Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom***

5/02 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre***

5/03 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance***

5/05 Mexico City, MEX @ Hell and Heaven Fest

*** Headline Shows

Leach added in a separate Instagram post: “Monday afternoon my vocal surgery will take place. It’s been a rough couple of weeks for me mentally. After being completely silent for over a week, having massive amounts of prednisone and spending time in doctors offices … it’s official I have to go under the knife. I’ve over used my voice to the point where I’ve developed a polyp that will not just go away, it needs to be removed.”

He continued on to say: “I’ve been assured this type of surgery happens quite a lot in the world of entertainment and the recovery time is much quicker than it was years ago. Lastly my apologies to all the fans who bought tickets, we will make it up to you! Thank you for understanding and all the love and support you’ve given me and the music I’m blessed to be able to make. I’m making the most of my last few days of talking by spending time with people I love. It’s going to be a quiet and contemplative few weeks for sure but it’s all part of my journey. I will keep you all posted come surgery day and my rehabilitation process.”

 

Monday afternoon my vocal surgery will take place. It’s been a rough couple of weeks for me mentally. After being completely silent for over a week, having massive amounts of prednisone and spending time in doctors offices … it’s official I have to go under the knife. I’ve over used my voice to the point where I’ve developed a polyp that will not just go away, it needs to be removed. I’m very grateful to Dr. Scott Kessler and Dr. Woo Peak for all of their wisdom and care. I’m also grateful to my Managers for being incredible support when I was loosing my damn mind over this. Thankful for my brothers in Killswitch for understanding and having my back. I’m looking forward to spending time with Melissa Cross after my recovery and learning to rebuild my technique and ensure this doesn’t happen ever again. I’m so grateful to everyone who’s sent me love and support. I’ve been assured this type of surgery happens quite a lot in the world of entertainment and the recovery time is much quicker than it was years ago. Lastly my apologies to all the fans who bought tickets, we will make it up to you! Thank you for understanding and all the love and support you’ve given me and the music I’m blessed to be able to make. I’m making the most of my last few days of talking by spending time with people I love. It’s going to be a quiet and contemplative few weeks for sure but it’s all part of my journey. I will keep you all posted come surgery day and my rehabilitation process. Hell maybe I can even get footage of the surgery itself to post up?! We’ll see…so yeah now you know. Here’s to a successful procedure and a quick recovery. ️�� #JesseLeach #Polyp #Voice #killswitchengage #Surgery #OverUse #Vocalist #StayPositive #Metal #Hardcore #Punk #PunkRockMetalHead

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