Epica singer Simone Simon checked in with fans at the Dutch band’s blog at MySpace on Thursday (January 10) with the following update:
Dear Epica fans,
Since a couple of months I have been struggling with infections and had surgery many times. The doctors didn’t know what was wrong with me. After a lot of tests at the hospital they found out that I am infected with MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus), also known as the hospital bacteria. The treatment of this bacteria comes with a strict hygienic schedule which I have to work through every day. Because of this I will not be able to go on long trips let alone living in a tour bus.
Therefore we are forced to cancel most of our shows in February. The shows on the 22nd and 23rd in Lille and Vosselaar we will still do since they are independent shows and very close by. We cannot plan too far ahead since I first have to get rid of the infection and that will take some time. How long it will take we cannot tell at the moment.
We are very sorry that we cannot do these shows. We were all looking forward to this tour and to meet you guys. What I have to focus on now is getting well, so that we will be on the road again as soon as possible. Please check out our site every once in a while for more information on this matter.
Simone and Epica