Sickness Falls: A Perfect Circle, Darkness Dates Postponed

Ailing singers sideline shows; Perfect Circle dates already rescheduled.

Both A Perfect Circle and the Darkness have had North American tours temporarily derailed due to illness.

Maynard James Keenan, singer for A Perfect Circle, got sick before a Monday show in Las Vegas and was forced to postpone that gig and one on Wednesday (March 31) in Sacramento, California. On Tuesday, the band postponed additional shows slated for Thursday in Long Beach, California, and Friday in San Diego. There are no further details about Keenan's ailment.

A Perfect Circle's San Diego show has been rescheduled for April 6 and the Long Beach concert for April 7. However, in order to reschedule those gigs, the band has had to postpone previously booked concerts: April 5 in Boise, Idaho, April 6 in Spokane, Washington, and April 8 in Vancouver, British Columbia. It is expected that those shows will be rescheduled shortly. All original tickets will be honored.

The last date of A Perfect Circle's Thirteenth Step tour is slated for June 13 in Denver. Following the tour, the band will go on hiatus (see "A Perfect Circle Prepare For Hibernation").

Just four shows into their first full U.S. tour, majestic English rockers the Darkness hit a stumbling block as well. According to a statement released Tuesday, singer Justin Hawkins lost his voice due to a "throat problem," and the band was forced to cancel its concert in Cleveland.

"I am deeply saddened that we won't be able to play for our fans in Cleveland tonight," Hawkins said in the statement. "Cleveland is one of the greatest rock and roll cities in the world, and we are all eagerly looking forward to playing our first gig there. Unfortunately, it is literally impossible for me to sing at the moment, but we promise to make it up to them just as soon as possible."

Wednesday's concert in Pittsburgh may be canceled as well. Hawkins is said to be under a doctor's care, and the band is expected to resume gigging shortly. Most shows on the tour have been moved to significantly larger venues due to overwhelming demand for tickets. The Darkness' debut, Permission to Land, has sold more than 430,000 copies to date, according to SoundScan.