Epica's long-anticipated North American tour got off to a rocky start, when after three dates, frontwoman Simone Simmons had to fly back to Europe due to a family emergency. The band was forced to cancel four shows in the hopes that Simone could be back to finish the rest of the tour.
But that doesn't look like it's happening. In a new Facebook post, the band announced that Simone is unable to return and the tour is cancelled:
Dear North American Fans,
It is with heavy hearts that we have to announce the cancellation of all remaining shows of our North American tour.
A couple of days ago, Simone had to fly back to the Netherlands to be with her family due to an emergency. Sadly, there has been no major improvement in that situation so it is impossible for Simone to return to the tour at this moment. Therefore, we have no other option than to cancel the remaining dates.
However, the Revolver tour will carry on as scheduled with Eluveitie, The Agonist and Martina Edoff.
We will again be rescheduling the North American tour in support of The Quantum Enigma for the beginning of next year.
If you wish to refund your tickets you can do this through the venue. VIP tickets purchased through Sound Rink will be refunded automatically. Tickets for this tour will not be valid for the rescheduled dates.
We want to thank all our fans and partners for their understanding and support in this difficult situation.
Tour cancellations are never fun and how this has caused quite the headache for the remaining bands, who will likely be playing to much smaller crowds now. But of course, ultimately, we hope whatever forced Simone to return home is resolved quickly and without much heartache. Our thoughts go out to her.