THE GATHERING Singer Expecting First Child In Early 2005

THE GATHERING singer Anneke van Giersbergen has explained the group's recent concert cancellations by announcing that she is three months pregnant with her first child. "As happy as I was [to learn of the pregnancy], that's how sick I was as well," she said in a statement. "I took the pregnancy-nausea to a whole new level. Now all is well again and I look forward to carrying both the baby as well as the upcoming tours and the rest of the year to a blazing end."

As previously reported, THE GATHERING will take "a long time off" following their final tour dates of 2004 in December to concentrate on writing and recording their next studio album. The band, who postponed their previously announced North American tour to sometime next year, are not expected to return to the concert stage until September 2005. THE GATHERING's most recent release was a "semi-acoustic" live album, entitled "Sleepy Buildings", which was issued in January through Century Media Records.

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