I've spent the past two weeks trying to convince myself I wasn't going to have to write this, but over the past couple of days I've realized I have to. We are postponing the second leg of our Sling shot to heaven tour.
Many of you know that since around the Buzzard era I've been dealing with some pretty intense stomach pain, a problem that seemed to gradually improve (relatively) over time, with the aid of medicine. A week or so before the East coast run, that changed, and I was essentially bed ridden with some sort of awful flair up. I climbed into the bus anyway, because that's what we do, but the following two+ weeks were incredibly difficult and I lost 28 pounds all told. Even drinking water has been causing very intense pain (those on the East coast may have been confused by the sight of me sloshing water around my mouth and spitting it back into a cup on stage). When the pain and reflux were at their worst, I was having a hard time catching my breathe, especially while attempting to sing onstage. I tried not to let it affect the shows, or my ability to come out afterwards and say hi to y'all, but the experience wore me down beyond anything I've experienced.
I'm trying to balance being honest about what's going on with protecting some level of privacy, but this is where things are at right now. I don't plan on being defined by debilitating stomach pain, and it's my intention to get this figured out so I can get back to making music. This is a major heartbreak for me, but on the advice of doctors and family, I have to push things back a little bit. I am incrediblely sorry, and feel that I'm letting you, and my bandmates, and my record down. But I need to spend some time going to doctors and trying to figure out a way to get some quality of life back. A wonderful organization called Music Cares has been helping me with medical costs, because man does not live by youtube spins of Broadripple is burning alone.
I'm not sure how long I'll be off the road, but my hope is this silly thing gets figured out and I can get back out there really soon. I was so looking forward to seeing you all (and California). Please keep spreading our little record around while we're away. It means so much to me and not being able to promote it out West is beyond depressing. I promise, as soon as I feel better we'll be out there giving you the best Margot show you've ever seen. We hope to see you soon.