Janelle Monae has been forced to cancel a series of concert dates for what she refers to as "mandatory vocal rest." According to a post on the performer's website, she has been ordered by a doctor to take the break.
"Starting today, I am under strict doctor's orders for mandatory vocal rest," the statement reads. "Not doing so could possibly result in damage to my vocal chords," she wrote. "Unfortunately, this diagnosis means I will have to postpone my coming concerts in Anaheim, San Diego and Phoenix, a fact which truly leaves me heartsick and shaken because I live for this: connecting with you and giving you a one of a kind concert experience...But alas, apparently even the most expertly designed android breaks down sometimes and must recharge...I promise to see you sooner than you think my friends, stronger than ever. I love you all dearly. My sincerest apologies."
The announcement was rather sudden, although Monae attempted to catch her fans attention on Twitter. The first cancelled show was Tuesday night's performance at the House of Blues in Anaheim, and both Wednesday night's performance in San Diego and Thursday's show in Phoenix are included among the cancellations. Although not expressly indicated by the performer, for the time being it can be presumed that the tour will continue as planned for her Saturday night performance in Dallas.
As mentioned in the quote, Monae plans on making up the dates at a later point, although no times have been suggested as of yet. According to her website, her current tour is scheduled to continue until November 26 in Atlanta.