Def Leppard postpones winter tour due to singer's illness

By Shawn Price  |  Feb. 2, 2016 at 6:41 AM
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LOS ANGELES, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- British rock band Def Leppard postponed the rest of their winter 2016 tour "due to illness," the band announced on their website Monday.

The remaining 10 dates on their U.S. tour were postponed, included scheduled dates in San Antonio, Little Rock, Atlantic City and Brooklyn, but also included previously postponed from late January in Greensboro, N.C. and Orlando.

New dates will be announced soon and tickets from the rescheduled shows would be honored, the band promised.

Though only listing "illness" as the reason for the postponed shows, drummer Rick Allen said on Twitter 56-year-old lead singer Joe Elliott was suffering from a strained voice.

"The doctor basically said that if Joe continues to sing without resting his throat for a month he might do permanent damage," Allen wrote.

The band was a one of the biggest rock acts in the '80s, with hits like "Pour Some Sugar On Me," and "Photograph" and has been on tour since April in support of a new album.

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