By Maxim Mower
After resuming his tour from his doctor-ordered vocal rest this month, Morgan Wallen is again being forced to take a break from his 2023 tour as a result of re-injuring his vocal chords.
In a video message shared to socials, the Sneedville megastar explained the disappointing situation, but underlined that his medical team have stressed there is no alternative, “I’m just gonna go ahead and get straight to it, I’ve got some bad news from my doctors at the Vanderbilt Voice Center yesterday. After taking 10 days of vocal rest, I performed three shows last weekend in Florida - and by the third one, I felt terrible. So I went in and got scoped yesterday, and they told me that I re-injured my vocal cords, and that I have vocal fold trauma”.
He went on to outline that they have ordered the ‘You Proof’ hitmaker to step away from the stage for the next month and a half, with all shows falling within that period being rescheduled.
Although clearly reluctant to accept this fate, Wallen explained to his fans, “Their advice is that I go on vocal rest for six weeks, so that’s what I’m going to do. They want me not to talk at all, but they said if I need to it’s okay for something like this”.
Later on in the video, Morgan Wallen revealed that he'd suffered an injury to his lattimus dorsi muscle while on tour overseas earlier in the year, “I also tore my lat while we were in Australia, I’ve been trying to work through that quietly, but this time off is going to help me get that back right”.
As for the upcoming tour dates, although fans will inevitably be sad to hear they are being postponed, Wallen reassured them that new dates will be set in stone in the near future, “We’re working on rescheduling all the dates during this time frame, we’ve almost got that done, but some of them are pending so I can’t update you”.
Unfortunately, it means Morgan Wallen won't be performing at this week's ACM Lifting Lives charity event in Texas, but he nonetheless encouraged fans to still attend and support the worthy cause. Wallen will also not be able to take the stage as planned for his hotly anticipated performance at the 2023 ACM Awards ceremony on May 11.
Despite this latest development being a frustrating one for ticket-holders, Morgan Wallen underlined the serious, long-term consequences that ignoring his doctors would have on his career, “They told me that if I do this the right way, then I’ll get back to 100%, and they also said that if I don’t listen and if I keep singing, then I'll permanently damage my voice. So for the longevity of my career, this is just the choice I had to make”.
As a result, although they'll be upset, Morgan Wallen's loyal army of fans would undoubtedly much rather see the current Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200 chart-topper rest up and recuperate so that he can keep entertaining them for years to come, instead of further aggravating the injury and causing lasting damage.
Wallen ended the clip on a positive note, expressing his gratitude for his fans for sticking with him in recent weeks, “I hate it, but I love you guys and I appreciate all the support that you always give me and I’ll see you soon and I’ll be back better than ever. God bless you”.
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