Illness Sidelines Otep

The following story was part of the Day in Rock Report for 5/13/08 - (antiMusic) Otep have been forced to postponed the remaining dates on their current tour due to frontwoman Otep Shamaya's throat polyps. She broke the news to fans with the following statement:

Most people know that the band and I give 2,000 percent of ourselves on stage and though the medical professionals have warned me to 'take it easy up there' or I risk serious damage to my throat, it is not something I am aware of while lost in the experience of spiritual intercourse. Truth be told, I know only two speeds - ALL or NOTHING.

Well, there's good news and tragic news. The tragic news is: due to the inflammation and reappearance of the throat polyps, we are forced to reschedule the remaining dates on this tour. The band and I are devastated by the news, but it's either reschedule now or risk losing the ability to sing altogether. I am so sorry but there is no other way.

The good news is, the doctors think we have caught it early enough and with a bit of rest, I should be good as new again. Indeed, it worked after the last tour with HELLYEAH, I took some time off, the polyp all but disappeared and we were able to go back out on the road again. I am told the same thing should happen but I am also following up with a specialist to see what else, with regards to prevention, can be done.

Our management and agents are working hard to reschedule these shows this summer, so though a bit of a delay, won't be too much longer. On behalf of the band and myself (and the dreaded polyp), I offer my apologies and my appreciation for your understanding, belief, and support. I am because you are. Myspace Blog

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