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Published: 2011/07/15

Gomez Cancels North American Tour

Gomez have canceled the rest of their North American tour. The group’s co-lead singer Ben Ottewell has faced vocal problems recently and was ordered to rest his voice for two weeks. Though the announcement was made yesterday, the band performed at New York’s Terminal 5 as planned. Gomez members Tom Gray and Ian Ball split vocal duties throughout the night.

A message from the band says:

With great regret we must cancel the remaining 8 dates of our North American tour. After a couple of days battling vocal loss, Ben met with a specialist who determined that he must take the next two weeks to recover with absolute voice rest.

Our show at Terminal 5 tonight will take place as planned with Ian and Tom taking the vocal duties. We know it’ll make for a unique night.

For all our fans who have already purchased tickets to the cancelled concerts, please contact the venue for instructions on show refunds. Ian will perform solo sets supporting John Butler Trio in Raleigh, Charlotte, Atlanta and Richmond.

We are intent on resuming our touring schedule upon receiving a clean bill of health from Ben’s doctors. We couldn’t be sorrier for this outcome. We really hope to see you soon!


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bruce caines July 15, 2011, 16:34:04

in spite of being disappointed that i would not get finally hear ben sing live, the “close of the tour show” as ian called it, was far from disappointing. joseph arthur opened as a last minute replacement (moments before the show) for the supporting act whose guitarist had his hand smashed by a wayward brick. arthur told us, “i was riding into the city on my bike, like an hour ago, and i got a call from ian. he asked me if i could open for them and play for you guys.” a roar of approval rose up from the crowd. arthur then picked up his feet and said, “look, i just bought these shoes!” more cheers. after his 40-ish minute set, and a speedy roadie retooling, gomez hit the stage. the band was in great voice (minus ben’s) but he oddly silent ottewell let his guitar sing for him as it soared and growled. we ate it up as ian and tom sang their classics and covered some of ben’s notable vocals. at one point the roadies came out on stage at different points and sang some of ben’s parts to the crowd’s delight. the gomez boys stuck to the faves and probably performed only two songs from the new release. all in all a great show in an unusually intimate venue.

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