Blue October Cancels Tour
October 23, 2009 at 12:01 PM (PT)
BLUE OCTOBER announced the cancellation of THE PICK UP THE PHONE TOUR 2009 due to the hospitalization lead singer JUSTIN FURSTENFELD, who is being treated for an extreme mental anxiety attack. His doctors have ordered that the tour -- which was committed to reducing the stigma associated with mental health, depression, and suicide -- be canceled to allow for his recovery.
"Mental health diseases are unpredictable," said FURSTENFELD. "And on the eve of this tour in support of a cause that means the world to me, I am in need of time to heal from a setback in my own personal life, which is severe enough for me to seek hospitalization. I hope that my action to seek the strength and safety of treatment will inspire others that are suffering to do the same."
Angie Apara Filling In At 99X Show
BLUE OCTOBER was scheduled to headline at CUMULUS Alternative 99X/ATLANTA's free season finale of "UNPLUGGED IN THE PARK" at PARK TAVERB in PIEDMONT PARK on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25th at 7p. The unfortunate news left 99X Brand Mgr./PD B.J. KINARD scrambling early YESTERDAY (10/22) to fill this slot at the show in two business days. 99X Event Coordinator MIKE KEE really stepped up to the plate by landing ANGIE APARO for the headline slot.
KINARD noted, "I sent out an e-mail yesterday for help and was really impressed with how many record people reached out to try and help at the last-minute notice."