PRIMAL FEAR: Singer's Illness Forces Czech Cancellation

May 9, 2008

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have cancelled their May 10 appearance at the Rockfest in Kurim, Czech Republic after the group's vocalist, Ralf Scheepers, was taken ill.

Scheepers' official statement on the matter reads as follows:

"To all fans in the Czech Republic who wanted to visit the festival in Kurim this Saturday: I am very sorry to tell you that I am very ill these days. PRIMAL FEAR can't do this gig.

"Everyone who knows me also knows that I am never bullshitting about this topic and you all know that I sing when ever I can even if it's hard. But this time I can't even speak anymore and the doctor said that I should shut my mouth for 10 days otherwise I will destroy my voice forever!

"As you all know, we had a short nine days in a row tour which is usually no problem for me. But this time I sung the last three shows with a bad cold and I absolutely overstrained my vocal cords with that.

"Once again, I'm very sorry for the guys in the band and of course YOU!"

PRIMAL FEAR has set "16.6" as the working title of the follow-up to last year's "New Religion" album. The CD will be recorded in November/December 2008 for a tentative early 2009 release via Frontiers Records.

"New Religion" last year landed on the Swedish chart at No. 67. It also entered the German chart at No. 60.

The CD was released in the U.S. on January 29 via Locomotive/Ryko. Guest musicians on the album include Kai Hansen (GAMMA RAY, ex-HELLOWEEN) and Simone Simons (EPICA).

Fan-filmed video footage of PRIMAL FEAR's May 2, 2008 concert at Biebob in Vosselaar, Belgium can be viewed below (courtesy of "Ponch06").

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