Guitar virtuoso and singer/songwriter Richie Kotzen has issued a
statement via his Official Website regarding the cancellation of
his shows which were planned for later this month. In a letter to
his fans Richie wrote:
Dear Friends and Fans,
I regret to say that the shows planned for this April 2012 have
Since I came back from Europe I have been struggling with my
voice. Last Saturday's gig in San Juan Cap was a vocal
I thought it was fatigue from the brutal schedule in Europe
however the voice is getting worse and now I am having pain even
Today I went to my doctor in Beverly Hills. He is
an ear, nose, and throat specialist.
I was concerned I may have nodes. 16 years ago I had
nodes… twice… 2 separate surgeries.
Today he looked at me and it is very very bad news…. My
Left vocal chord is hemorrhaged, bruised, and bleeding.
The bottom line is I need to be on total voice rest for the next
3 weeks. This means no singing and limited talking.
I explained I had gigs next week and he told me I am the only
singer he ever treated that wanted to talk about doing shows with
He explained that by trying to sing in this condition I would
likely ruin my voice for good.
I am very sorry but I must cancel all shows for April including
April 28th in Redondo.
The doctor assured me that if I rest and follow his advice my
voice will return back to normal within 3 weeks from now.
Those of you who purchased VIP tickets will be refunded through
Sorry for this bad news.
At a very early age, Richie Kotzen began playing piano but by
the time he turned seven he'd been inspired by KISS to pick up the
electric guitar. Kotzen was first noticed as a teenager with a
lightning-fast guitar techniques. With his talents, he was able to
play alongside some of the best musicians around; including
renowned jazz great Stanley Clarke and a three-year stint in the
band MR. BIG.
"I have been lucky in the sense that I have been able to play
with guys who I could learn from," explains Kotzen. "The biggest
musical lesson for me was playing in a band with Stanley Clarke and
Lenny White. Obviously, these guys are jazz musicians and I am not,
but I learned so much from the time we recorded and toured
together. My favorite rock bassist is Billy Sheehan, and we were in
MR. BIG together for three years, which was awesome."
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