Cancelled Tours and Rescheduled Shows... Is there a way to prevent that from happening...? Let's Find Out!
Lately, we are witnessing a lot of shows interrupted and tour cancellations from well-known artists.
Who is going to be next??
Sometimes, artists, during their performances, actually cannot complete the act they have been performing or even often feel that they will have to stop their performance in the middle, if not the tour altogether...
Every singer, intuitively feels whether or not they will be able to "lift" their performance(s) to achieve at least a reasonable merit, so to speak.
All of that is because the majority of them do not have a solid ground of knowledge on how to power the voice and not kill it, or themselves in the process.
We recently found out that Steven Tyler of Aerosmith had sustained a serious and extensive vocal injury, thus, needing to postpone Aerosmith's 50th Anniversary/Farewell Tour.
He had been diagnosed by doctors with a fractured larynx and damaged vocal cords. The damaged vocal cords can be quite treatable (especially from where we sit), but a broken larynx may be an entirely different story.
Meanwhile, Steven himself and his band, are hoping to resume the above-mentioned tour in the very near future (January 2024).
We certainly would hope so if we did not know any better.
And believe us, we actually do know, especially after treating and instructing over 30,000 people "under our belt" who went through our doors for all kinds of treatments for voice disorders and vocal injuries, since 1984.
Evidently, it is not that simple, as it had happened not because of any problems with the vocal anatomy (at least not fully), but with problems of not a proper application of the singing voice - most likely driven by not properly embedded and nevertheless, adequate enough vocal technique.
If these very important variables (mentioned above) are not going to be addressed sooner rather than later, past, present and future voice problems, unfortunately, still may prevail.
Regardless, we wish Steven Tyler all the best and hope that he will be able to resume his 50th Anniversary/Farewell Tour as soon as possible and complete it, nonetheless, with flying colours!
All the best to you Mr. Steven Tyler and we are hoping that your best is yet to come!
The Management of The Royans Professional Vocal School
A Division of The Royans Institute for Non-Surgical Voice Repair Dear Reader,
While we were writing the first blurb about Steven Tyler, we got even more disturbing news suggesting that Steven Tyler's career may be over...
Our comment would be as such:
Nevertheless, those diagnoses are very disturbing, but they are not really the be-all and end-all either.
We would like to introduce you to one of our recent clients with a serious voice disorder called VCD (Vocal Cord Dysfunction):
Client #1 is Tory Jax from Winconsin, USA, a Vocal Cord Dysfunction Sufferer.
Tory is only 17 years old but is very self-sufficient, aiming to achieve exactly what she wants to achieve.
It took this wonderful family, 5 months to bring Tory in.
Obviously, the parents were quite frustrated and scared, as previously, Tory had Asthma attacks to the point where she was even sleeping with her inhalers.
When she had to quit her athletic endeavours, as she had difficulties breathing.
And, of course, she had to diminish her band practices, as her voice was often giving out and she had a pain in her throat.
Tory spent with us 40 hours within 8 consecutive days and left very pleased, and not only with a completely healthy voice but also with a completely healthy body.
Her Asthma attacks stopped on the second day of our instruction and treatment.
And her voice was getting better and better from lesson to lesson.
Needless to say, the whole family left very happy, brought us a huge bouquet of flowers and up to this day, is expressing their attitude of gratitude.
Tory has now happily returned to her Pink Floyd Tribute Band and is singing away happily ever after...
To wit: You My Reader probably have a question; How does she do it...?
The answer is: With great difficulty, i.e. paying attention to each and every detail. Employing, my so to speak, gift from God - perfect pitch, good ears, and unprecedented patience. A lot of our inquiries lately, are asking me if I will guarantee them results, if they will be able to be radio announcers and of course, thrive as a lead singer in a band...? For some reason, they put all responsibility on me. I always answer them: It takes two to Tango, so to speak. All my sessions are highly interactive (word-on-word, syllable on syllable, vowel on vowel), I recite all exercises, as well as free speech and/or singing along with them. However, I make sure that I am giving them the full freedom to do it themselves and, needless to say, under my very thorough supervision. It's all good and dandy, but the main thing is to put my client in a complete balance, first vocally and the rest is history. All of Tory's sicknesses and imperfections in the physical body, went away after her voice was put intact. Stay tuned for the next blog, I will introduce you to a few other clients like Tory, who came complaining that they had difficulty breathing, difficulty with their pelvic floor and even, incontinence... Needless to say, when the person embraced the Vocal Science™ Technique and Method, along with that, all of the above-listed health problems literally disappeared.
However it is quite magical because it is done fast and efficiently, it's still a science which constantly needs a lot of smart thinking and that's how it becomes forensic... With that said, I never miss, even a minutest detail, let alone even a minutest problem with the voice, structure, breathing, placement and projection (speaking and singing). All that assures, that with whatever imperfections that the person came with, vocally and otherwise, will be either fixed or gone forever. There are many more people to which I will introduce you to later...
And now let's look at some more Celebrities who, unfortunately, are taking huge breaks right now or are pretty much quitting their careers for good.
Céline Dion cancels tour dates as a result of neurological disorder:
"Céline Dion has cancelled all of her tour dates for 2023 and 2024 as she continues to deal with a rare neurological disorder known as Stiff Person Syndrome.
“Unfortunately the spasms affect every aspect of my daily life, sometimes causing difficulties when I walk and not allowing me to use my vocal cords to sing the way I’m used to,” Dion said. "
- Excerpt from The Guardian
We wish Celine Dion a speedy recovery from her nasty disorder and a successful comeback on stage where she definitely belongs.
However, concerning Celion's voice, we personally think that it is interconnected with what's called Spasmodic Dysphonia, which, unfortunately, from the conventional point of view, is not a treatable, let alone, curable disease.
Alternatively speaking, by employing a natural and holistic approach, not only to voice mechanics, but the person as a whole, we have had amazing results in treating and even, to a good degree, curing this nasty voice/vocal disorder.
Please see below:
Zelda A – Spasmodic Dysphonia Voice Repair Client from Brampton, Ontario Canada.
"I don’t know where I would be if I did not find you.. I would definitely be doing a review with 100 stars if I could!…" - Zelda A.
Ross N: Spasmodic Dysphonia Sufferer from Ottawa, ON
Elizabeth Hines – C.N.C., C.B.P., Spasmodic Dysphonia sufferer-Holistic Wellness Practitioner, www.mybodycanhealitself.ca.
Tanya G Abductor Spasmodic Dysphonia voice disorder sufferer – from New Zealand.
To name a few...
Let's look at the tour cancellations in 2022:
The Weeknd, after the first song he performed in California in a big arena of 70,000 people, lost his voice and, thus, discontinued the rest of his performance.
What we found out was that after the incident, he was actually given a clean bill of vocal health, whereas the ENT Doctor cleared him for all of the rest of the performances in the near future.
We certainly would hope so if we did not know any better.
However, it is not that simple, as it had happened not because of any problems with the vocal anatomy (at least not just yet), but with problems of not a proper application of the singing voice - most likely driven by not properly embedded/adequate enough vocal technique.
If these very important described above variables are not going to be addressed sooner rather than later, future voice problems, unfortunately, still may prevail.
Regardless, we wish The Weeknd all the best and hope that he will be able to resume his tour starting in Toronto and begin and end it, nonetheless, with flying colours!
Now about, a very well-known to you young artist, Justin Bieber:
We all know that he acquired Ramsey-Hunt Syndrome which, by definition causes facial paralysis.
We all were happy when we heard that he resumed his world tour, presuming that he is much better and thus, will be able to handle it.
To our astonishment, we found out a few days ago that he cancelled the remaining tour dates, the majority of which were still ahead.
He said that he exited the stage feeling completely exhausted.
And then at that moment, he realized that he would have to take care of his health first and then become stronger and on point, by the time when he would be ready to resume his shows, concerts and tours.
We wish Justin all the best in doing all of the above!
Keep on rocking Man!
Now about Shawn Mendes: Also a young prospering and prominent artist.
He too cancelled his upcoming tour due to mental and physical exhaustion saying that he had to take care of his wellbeing first, before resuming any shows or tours.
Please see below his quotes:
“I had to postpone the past few weeks of the shows since I wasn’t totally prepared for the toll that being back on the road would take on me.
But the reality was that I haven’t been at all ready for how difficult touring would be after this time away during the Pandemic.”
“After speaking with my team and health professionals, I realized that I needed to take some time off to heal and take care of myself and my mental health, first and foremost.
As soon as there are more updates, I will let you know.
- Love you guys”
And that is to mention just a few...
Another Canadian artist, Shania Twain, who, sadly, had numerous vocal operations on her vocal cords (even including an operation on the open throat), was also 'out of commission' for quite a few years.
Initially, it was announced that she was suffering from Muscle Tension Dysphonia (MTD).
This vocal disorder very often is emotionally induced, but nonetheless, it can be caused by wear and tear of the vocal anatomy, due to its misuse and overuse.
However, and in general, if the adequate voice/vocal technique would be in place, most likely, none of the above described (about all of the artists), would not be happening to anyone.
And lastly, the tragic death of a once very prominent singer, Whitney Houston.
Due to emotional distress and substance abuse, the singer lost her once very beautiful voice and was unable to ever recover it.
Even though she was trying to do so with all available sources and resources... But unfortunately, it was still to no avail...
Eventually, and nonetheless, sadly, she just gave up her hope...
"Houston, a Newark native, died on the eve of the Grammy Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where she was preparing to attend a pre-Grammy party. Later that night (and after the party) her performance was scheduled for the actual event." - CBS New York
Evidently, she took her own life.
How tragic is this?
Calling all the singers...
I would like personally to ask you to remember that your voice is a fragile 'instrument' and if you do not take proper care of it, one day, without any notice, it may snap on you (God forbid).
It is not a threat, it is a reality, which I deal with day in and day out for many years now.
My Motto is: "Safety First!"
However, the properly "designed" and implemented vocal technique will negate the above saying.
If the latter is in place, then it will become very unlikely that any vocal injuries could actually occur.
If this technique becomes your FIRST NATURE, you will not need to worry much about anything (like the constant concerns about the preservation of your voice) for many years ahead.
However, you will always have to be on guard about the specific application of not only your singing voice, but also of your speaking voice...
I have witnessed many times that: North American people (singers or not) do have a habit of lazy speech.
At times, they are mumbling to the point where nobody would hardly understand a word that they are saying.
However, the one point which I agree with the Speech Therapists is that in their common opinion, the majority of singers' voice troubles begin from the improper and, nevertheless, inadequate manner of speech!
While posting this blog on our Blogspot, we just found that it is our blog #500!