Gym Class Heroes Rebounding After Canceled Tour Dates
Gym Class Heroes disappointed fans when they canceled their North American tour this past October. At the time, the reasons for pulling out of the shows were unclear but now that the band is ready to hit the road again, they have revealed that their intense schedule combined with frontman, Travie McCoy’s illness.
McCoy caught the virus while in Europe touring and didn’t have time to rest and recover. Things got worse from there. "I don't want to be gross and graphic, but the root of it was a stomach infection," McCoy told Spinner. "There was a lot of fatigue and other symptoms that come along with a virus like that -- it wasn't pretty."
Rather than go on and give lackluster performances, the band decided that they all needed a break while their lead singer recuperated. "Being a musician is a physical thing; if we can't execute, it's almost like we are cheating our fans," McCoy added. "When it got to the point where he couldn't perform 100 percent, we had to make the incredibly tough decision to cancel the rest of the tour. It was completely devastating."
McCoy, who was briefly hospitalized, acknowledges that the band disappointed fans, and themselves, by canceling tour dates right as their latest album, The Papercut Chronicles II, was released but also keeps things in perspective: "We've been doing this long enough that we see the big picture," he says. "Having to cancel a tour is a bum out, but in the grand scheme of things, it's a minor setback."
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