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Jane’s Addiction Forced to Bail on Reading Festival

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Throat issues were the root cause of Jane’s Addiction being forced to bow out of the Reading Festival in the UK on Saturday, Aug. 27. Apparently, colorful and flamboyant frontman Perry Farrell had such a serious sore throat that he could barely make a sound. Literally! Even the doctors said so.

Organizers of the festival, which is one of the longest running and most popular in the UK, issued the following statement about Jane’s Addiction’s canceled performance: “Although Farrell was treated earlier in the day by top London physicians and had his heart set on trying to perform under any circumstance, in the end he was completely unable to produce any sound vocally.” That sounds incredibly painful and like Farrell was unable to even speak. Ouch! The statement concluded: “Jane’s Addiction would like to deeply apologize to the fans for any inconvenience.”

The band has a performance scheduled for today at the Leeds festival, which is the partner fest of Reading. No official word on whether or not the band will carry on with that planned appearance. We hope that Perry Farrell’s voice gets some needed rest, since the band’s new album ‘The Great Escape Artist’ is due Oct. 4.

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