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By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On Tuesday, October 6th, organizers announced the cancelation of the upcoming Foals show previously scheduled to take place on Thursday, October 8th at Saúde’s Sacadura 154. In addition to the Rio de Janeiro show, the band canceled the remaining dates on their current South American tour, citing health problems of frontman Yannis Philippakis as the reason for the cancellations.

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Foals frontman, Yannis Philippakis, photo by Bill Ebbesen/ Wikimedia Creative Commons License.

“I’m so sorry to say that on doctor’s orders we are unable to perform this week,” Philippakis wrote in a statement posted on Foals’ website on Tuesday, October 6th. “We’re gutted and can’t begin to say how frustrating this is. We were hoping it wouldn’t come to this, but unfortunately I need 3 weeks off in order for my voice to fully recover.”

“We love nothing more than playing on stage for you, and it’s heartbreaking to have to pull the shows but sometimes health has to come first,” he added. “We know you’ll understand because you’re the best, and we have rescheduled shows wherever possible.”

“I’m gonna rest up & be ready to return next year, where we’ll rock harder than ever. Stay safe, and we’ll see you soon,” Philippakis concluded.

Shows in São Paulo, Buenos Aires, Lima and Santiago were rescheduled for July of next year. However, there is currently no information about plans to reschedule the show in Rio de Janeiro. The Sacadura 154 show would have marked the band’s debut performance in the city.

Those who purchased tickets for the Rio de Janeiro show through Queremos or Viagogo should receive an email with guidelines about the refund process.

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