Throat problems force Fish to take touring break
In an email message to his fans, the former Marillion frontman revealed he has been suffering from vocal difficulties for some time.
Fish said he visited a voice specialist this past July, adding: “ It started off pleasantly enough and my speaking voice was deemed to be not too bad considering I’d just completed a tour.
“She [the specialist] took internal photos of my throat and vocal chords with an endoscope and pronounced that I didn’t have nodules.
“I thought everything was going to be diagnosed as down to heavy usage and prescribed a rest from singing for a while.
“Just as I thought I had an all clear she pointed out a white area on one of my chords and said: ‘But this is worrying!’
“As soon as I heard the phrase ‘irregular cell growth’ my mind went cold and focused. I knew what it meant.
“In all honesty I am 50 years old, I smoke(d), drink, have a ‘colourful’ history, have sung nearly 1,700 gigs in 27 years and have conducted probably three times as many interviews. It’s like standing on the M1 and expecting not to be hit by a car.
“I am taking at least six months off from singing. I’d like to think that I can play some festivals in the summer of 2009 but there will be no arranged tours until 2010.”
Classic Rock wishes Fish well and hopes his condition improves to enable him to return to the stage soon.