MOONSPELL Frontman Undergoing Tests At Lisbon Hospital After Playing 'Hardest Gig' Of His 30-Plus-Year Career

June 10, 2023

Vocalist Fernando Ribeiro of Portuguese metallers MOONSPELL is undergoing tests at a Lisbon hospital after playing what he says was "the hardest gig" of his life at a Polish festival.

On Friday (June 9),Fernando took to social media to write: "I want both to say thanks and to apologize to the amazingly empathic crowd of Mystic Festival Gdańsk, Poland. Thanks for your support in the hardest gig of my life in 30 years of MOONSPELL.

"Life, lately, hasn't been kind on me. The pandemics, the comeback with 3 months on tour in harsh conditions, personal things, the ugly state of our world and some health problems have been piling up and yesterday I crushed under the weight in front of you. No other way to put it. Apologies, because I feel it's my duty to be always on top vocal and physical shape to our fans who pay their hard-earned money to see our show. No excuses. Nevertheless, make no mistake: I gave you all I had (and beyond that) and made it through the whole show, leaving the stage standing and walking on my own feet. Nothing of this would be possible without the love of my band, crew and fans. I shall never forget!

"A word of gratitude to the paramedic team who assisted me after-show and fixed me, so I could travel back to Portugal.

"I am currently being watched and tested at a Lisbon hospital and I am pretty sure all will be fine in the end. My health problem is a stomach condition, nothing to do with drugs (that I don't use) or alcohol (I haven't been drinking lately),made worse by the feeling of exhaustion and (yes) depression striking me lately and that I shall overcome in time.

"In the meanwhile, I hope to see you in the remaining summer shows of MOONSPELL, before we take a small break from playing live to focus on our own personal matters and further MOONSPELL projects.

"Better times will come.

"Blessed be, thanks for reading!"

MOONSPELL recently completed the "American Full Moon" 30th-anniversary trek.

Last August, MOONSPELL canceled its summer 2022 North American tour due to "unsolvable logistic and transportation problems".

In September, MOONSPELL released a very special Blu-ray/DVD and album, a live performance of their latest studio album, "Hermitage" (2021),with "From Down Below - Live 80 Meters Deep" via Napalm Records.

MOONSPELL's 13th studio album, "Hermitage", was released in February 2021 via Napalm Records. The LP was recorded, mixed and mastered by Jaime Gomez Arellano (PARADISE LOST, PRIMORDIAL, GHOST, SÓLSTAFIR) at the Orgone Studios in the U.K.

In 2020, MOONSPELL parted ways with original drummer Miguel "Mike" Gaspar and replaced him with Hugo Ribeiro (no relation to Fernando Ribeiro).

Moonspell - Mystic Festival 2023🤘🤘🤘

Posted by Rafal Ozarowski on Thursday, June 8, 2023

A message from Fernando:

I want both to say thanks and to apologize to the amazingly empathic crowd of Mystic Festival...

Posted by Moonspell on Friday, June 9, 2023

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