German/Dutch symphonic metallers XANDRIA have been forced to cancel their previously announced U.S. tour.
The trek was scheduled to kick off on September 29 in Buffalo, New York and conclude on October 21 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Says the band in a statement: "Some bad and some good news, folks. Starting with the bad news first: It comes with grief and sadness that our singer Dianne [Van Giersbergen] cannot perform with us for the time being.
"Sometimes these things are beyond your own power and there is a life offside the stages of the world which requires appropriate attention, so please bear with us.
"This, unfortunately, also means that we have to cancel the upcoming Russia shows in Moscow and St. Petersburg as well as the following U.S. tour in the end of September and October.
"We are already working on new dates for these stretches, yet can't determine an exact time window by now already.
"Please stay alerted for ticket-return info in here and where you purchased your tickets.
"As for short-term solutions: Our dear friend Aeva Maurelle of our buddies from symphonic metal band AEVERIUM will step in to rock with us the European dates in November and December.
"Please welcome Aeva with a warm applause. We will make these shows nights to remember for you all!
"Can't wait to see you out there!"
XANDRIA in 2013 parted ways with their singer of three years, Manuela Kraller, and replaced her with Dutch vocalist Dianne Van Giersbergen, who also fronts the progressive metal outfit EX LIBRIS.
Dianne Van Giersbergen made her live debut with XANDRIA at the end of November 2013 on a Spanish tour.
XANDRIA's latest album, "Theater Of Dimensions", was released on January 27 via Napalm Records.
Speaking about XANDRIA's songwriting approach, Dianne Van Giersbergen told Metalheads Forever: "I think diversity is a good thing though it should never be used when only based on a commercial purpose. It is most important to create what you yourself would love and what is pure to your heart, close to who you are. If you lose that then the music detached from both band and musician and will cause the fans to not believe the music and performance anymore."