Amanda Palmer has postponed her tour of Australia and New Zealand so that she can be with a friend who is suffering from cancer.
The former Dresden Dolls singer’s current band Amanda Palmer & the Grand Theft Orchestra were due to perform eight theatre shows in January and February, including a show in Perth.
Tour promoter Frontier Touring Company today released a statement saying Palmer intends to reschedule the shows for September and October 2013.
In a blog on her website, Palmer opens up about the difficult decision, revealing she did not want to let the thousands of people who bought tickets to her shows down.
"If you know me, you’ll know that in 13 years of touring, I’ve almost never canceled a single engagement. It’s not my style.
"I take my professional commitments really seriously. Even if I’m sick, I play.
"But I also take my friendships really seriously. This situation calls for no other solution.
"My best friend is really sick and his future is uncertain. So I am going to stay with him while he goes through this."
"I believe that you know me, I believe that you trust me and i believe that actually, I’d be letting you down if i decided to leave my best friend hanging and leave on tour anyway because that’s not who you’d want me to be."
Tickets purchased to the January and February dates will be valid for the rescheduled shows and those seeking a refund should contact the relevant ticketing agency.