Rock band Doves have canceled all of their upcoming concerts due to frontman Jimi Goodwin’s mental health.
The Manchester band topped the charts with their comeback album The Universal Want in September of last year and are preparing for a tour of the UK and Ireland from February 2022.
Their fifth album saw Goodwin reunite with twin brothers Jez and Andy Williams after a hiatus dating back to 2010.
A statement from the group said that although they are disappointed to have canceled their upcoming dates, Goodwin’s “mental health issues” make live performances impossible in the immediate future.
He said: “We are disgusted to have to say that all upcoming Doves concert dates have to be canceled. Our sincere apologies to all who purchased tickets, this is news we find incredibly difficult to convey, knowing that none will lessen your disappointment. Honestly, we can feel it too.
“We need to take everyone’s well-being as seriously as music and unfortunately mental health issues just mean that performing live is not possible for us right now or in the immediate future.”
Goodwin thanked fans for their support since Doves announced his return.
He said: “I am unfortunately not in a position to sign up for the next Doves concert dates, which means they have to be canceled. My decision to step down was not something I took lightly, trust me.
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“We should never apologize for having mental health issues, but I want to say ‘sorry’ to everyone who bought tickets. I am truly grateful for the patience, love and understanding of my brothers. Andy, Jez and Rebelski.
“I am also incredibly grateful for the support, love and appreciation people have shown for Doves’ music over the years. The welcome received by The Universal Want, our first LP in 11 years, has left us with immense pride. What a fantastic statement from Jez, Andy and me. Sunshine in these tumultuous times. Thank you.”
The group’s reunion was prompted by a supposedly one-off performance at the Royal Albert Hall in support of the Teenage Cancer Trust in March 2019.
The success of the evening prompted more live concerts and the band began work on a new album.