The Jezabels Keyboardist Reveals Cancer Diagnosis; Tour Dates Cancelled

22 January 2016 | 12:07 pm | Staff Writer

Tragic news for the Sydney band

The Jezabels. Heather Shannon second from left.

The Jezabels. Heather Shannon second from left.

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The keyboardist for Sydney band The Jezabels, Heather Shannon has today publicly revealed she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer three years ago. 

The indie-rock outfit said in a statement released today, "Although she has been able to maintain life as usual generally, between treatments, the time has come for her to undergo further immediate treatment which will require her to stay in Sydney."

All upcoming tour dates have been cancelled, including a national headline run next month, an appearance at the Mountain Sounds Festival and March/April European and US shows. 

"We were very excited to be hitting the road again in support of our third album, SYNTHIA, but sadly due to a sudden turn of events Heather’s condition requires attention now so touring in the proposed time frame is no longer possible."

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Speaking personally Shannon said, "Up until now, I have preferred to not let this diagnosis get in the way of getting on with life. I feel a deep frustration at this new roadblock, as I now have to take a step back and undergo treatment.

"The band means so much to me, and cancelling the tour has been a very sad decision. I am hopeful that in the near future we will be back on the road again playing music we love. This album means so much to us, and we were so looking forward to sharing it live with everyone."

Read the full statement posted to Facebook below.

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