Why Are So Many Singers Canceling Concerts due to Injured Vocal Cords?
Here's a few singers who have cancelled over the years:
• Miranda Lambert - July 2015
• Meghan Trainor - July 2015
• Chad Kroeger - June 2015
• Sam Smith - April 2015
• Nathan Sykes - April 2013
• Nicki Manaj - August 2012
• Florence Welch - July 2012
• Maxwell - June 2012
• Keith Urban - Nov 2011
• Adele - Oct 2011
• John Mayer - September 2011
• Scott Weiland - September 2011
Meghan Trainor who cancelled her concert in July 2015 had fourteen performances scheduled in July, ten scheduled for August, and four for the first week of September for a total of twenty-eight performances in twenty-one cities.
That's a lot!!!
And it's in large, loud, boisterous venues which tends to make singers sing more aggressively just from the excitement.
And just like a highly competitive athlete, injury can happen with frequent aggressive performances without adequate time for rest in between.
When Meghan Trainor suffers an injury... there is no backup. If her voice is a bit off, there is no understudy who can replace her unlike in the professional opera world where there IS a backup understudy. However, opera singers have their own unique pressures described in more detail here.
When a football player gets hurt, there are other players who can jump in to play.
No so for celebrity pop singers. As such, there is a tendency to "push through" and perform even if the vocal cords are a bit off. Do this too often and the vocal cords will eventually get injured.
When millions of dollars are lost in financial revenue due to a cancelled concert, all of it falls on the singer.
Who pays the venue that ended up not being used? The singer.
Who refunds all those expensive tickets purchased? The singer.
Who pays the workers who have setup the venue for the concert? The singer.
Who suffers the backlash from their fans for canceling the concert? The singer.
Of course, the singer also loses out on a paycheck.
So now you can understand the pressures that lead such celebrity singers to perform... no desperate to perform... that they try to ignore warning signs until the last possible moment resulting in an unexpected concert cancellation.
You can also understand why some, because of such pressures, have resorted to lip-synching rather than canceling a concert due to injured vocal cords.
You can read more regarding what happens behind the scenes when a concert gets cancelled in this interesting Washington Post article.
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