Sam Fender cancels US tour due to mental health issues
British musician Sam Fender has canceled his upcoming US tour dates due to mental health issues. However, the singer-songwriter said he was “super excited” for his concerts in Australia in November and “everything to come in 2023”.
“It seems completely hypocritical to me to advocate a discussion about mental health and write songs about it if I don’t take the time to take care of my own mental health,” Fender said on Twitter. “I’ve been neglecting myself for over a year and haven’t faced things that have affected me deeply. It’s impossible to do this work on myself while I’m on the road, and it’s exhausting to feign happiness and well-being for the sake of business. My friends and colleagues have been worried about me for a while and it’s not going to get better if I don’t take the time to do so.
I’m forever overwhelmed with the love and support of our fans and I hate to let you down, but the state of my well-being is starting to affect everything I do, including my performances… I refuse to go there down and not giving it your all EVERY time, because you deserve nothing less,” Fender added. “As a result, I will unfortunately have to take some time off the road. We are canceling our 3 remaining flagship shows in the US and removing shows with Florence and the Machine, as well as Life is Beautiful Festival.
“I am also particularly sorry for anyone who was waiting for news of postponed dates from the UK record store, but the decision has been made to cancel these shows (hope we can find a solution for these ticket holders, you will hear from us soon ) so that I can come back stronger. Super excited for Australia at the end of November and everything to come in 2023 – St James’ Park man, fucking amazing.
“I cannot express how grateful we are to have such an impressive fan base. I have met quite a few of you over the years and these encounters have truly restored my faith in humanity, you are all like shit. Me and the boys are exhausted and need this time. Thank you for always sticking by our side,” Fender wrote.
Fender’s debut EP “Dead Boys” was released in 2018. His debut album “Hypersonic Missiles” entered the UK Albums Chart at number one in 2019. His second album “Seventeen Going Under” also topped the UK Albums Chart. albums, in 2021. It featured the UK single “Seventeen Going Under”. In 2022, Fender won the Brit Award for Best British Alternative/Rock Band and the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically for “Seventeen Going Under”.