Soilwork playing Singapore on October 29 was already going over like a fart in church, and now it's not happening for an entirely different reason. Originally there was a petition to stop both Watain and Soilwork from playing the country because "Their subliminal messages in their songs include death and suicide." Watain I get, but Soilwork seems like a bit of stretch.
Now it seems that would've been a much better reason to cancel the show. Unfortunately vocalist Björn Strid underwent surgery for varicose veins in his left leg. He isn't allowed to travel before and up to the date of the show, and the band says Singaporean laws make it damn near impossible to bring medication into the country.
“It is with great sadness that we need to inform you, that our scheduled show on Oct 29th will be cancelled. A combination of events has led to this unfortunate decision. Björn recently underwent major surgery for varicose veins in his left leg.
He is still in rehabilitation process and need to do a follow-up appointment at the clinic and is not recommended to travel before Oct 29th. Singaporean laws also make it near impossible for Björn to bring the needed medicines. Since immigration goes through Singapore, as the first show on the tour, we would run the risk of canceling the remaining dates, if Björn can’t bring his medicines. It’s very unfortunate and nothing we take lightly. We are deeply sorry about this.
Please know that Singaporean promoter Street Noise Productions have done everything they can to make this show happen, ever since our March show postponement. We are obviously devastated over their massive financial losses and really hope to make it up to them and also you, our fans. We beg for your understanding and to respect our situation.
We hope to find another opportunity, when circumstances will be different for the band to play in your country. Thanks for your understanding.
The remaining 2019 tour dates in Australia, Japan and Finland will go ahead as planned.
Best regards, Soilwork“
We wish Strid all the best.