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 been cancelled.
Since I came back from Europe I have been struggling with my voice. Last Saturday's gig in San Juan Cap was a vocal disaster.
I thought it was fatigue from the brutal schedule in Europe however the voice is getting worse and now I am having pain even speaking.
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 this condition.
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 paypal.
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."