BUTCHER BABIES co-vocalist Carla Harvey is regrettably unable to join the band for their upcoming European tour alongside FEAR FACTORY and IGNEA due to the necessity of emergency surgery on her left eye
The tour is slated to kick off on October 27 in Nottingham, United Kingdom, and will conclude on December 16 in Helsinki, Finland.
Carla Harvey shared this unfortunate news of her absence from the tour earlier today through a post on social media. In her post, the 47-year-old singer, who co-founded BUTCHER BABIES in 2010 alongside her fellow vocalist Heidi Shepherd, included a message along with a photo of her performing with her bandmates.
She said: “Here’s a picture of a girl in her happy place; unfortunately i won’t be in that happy place on the upcoming @butcherbabies Euro run. Love you all but i have to sit this one out!
“I have a history of problematic vision and I had to have a major surgery about 10 years ago in my right eye for a retinal detachment. On our summer tour the telltale symptoms repeated themselves in my left eye. I’ve been hoping to avoid major surgery but it is clear that it must be done. My emergency surgery will include a healing process of laying face down for a number of days with a gas bubble in my eye.”
Carla added: “This is the first time in fifteen years i won’t be able to join my friends on stage but right now my health and sight take precedence for me. While I am gutted that I cannot make the tour the risk of me waiting till after a tour to do such a surgery is too great and includes permanent vision loss. The beauty of having two vocalists is that Heidi can cover for me until i’m better!
“Hoping to make it out for part of this euro run…go to the shows, have a blast and support my bandmates for me! I’ll see you soon!”
In the comments section, Heidi Shepherd added: “Sending all the love and healing. We’ll hold down the fort while you heal. We need those beautiful eyes to work!!! Love you!”
In July, BUTCHER BABIES delighted fans with the release of a double album, “Eye For An Eye…” and “…’Til The World’s Blind.” This double album served as a celebration of the tenth anniversary of their highly acclaimed debut, “Goliath,” which was initially released on July 9, 2013, via Century Media Records.
BUTCHER BABIES‘ preceding album, “Lilith,” released in 2017, was produced by Steve Evetts (known for his work with THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, SEPULTURA, SUICIDE SILENCE) and marked the band’s first studio effort with drummer Chase Brickenden, who took over the position in 2016.
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