Whitesnake has canceled their entire tour calendar for the rest of 2020 so that their lead singer, David Coverdale, can recover from a bilateral inguinal hernia surgery.
"Once again it breaks my heart to be the bearer of even more sad news affecting Whitesnake's touring schedule for this increasingly challenging year 2020," Coverdale wrote on Twitter. "All tours, Europe, U.K. and U.S., are being canceled owing to health issues, related specifically to a bilateral inguinal hernia requiring me to have surgery."
According to Healthline, an inguinal hernia occurs in the abdomen near the groin area. They develop when fatty or intestinal tissues push through a weakness in the abdominal wall near the right or left inguinal canal. Each inguinal canal resides at the base of the abdomen. The fairly common condition approximately affects 25 percent of males, with men more than age 40 more likely to develop one. It might not cause any real danger to your health, but it is likely to be very painful.
"At this time, I can only offer you and my amazing musicians in Whitesnake and our crew my love and my sincere apologies, and also my regrets to my friends in Foreigner, Europe and Sammy Hagar for this unforeseen personal health issue, which I will have addressed at the first possible opportunity," Coverdale continued. "Until then, I send my love to you and yours, and hopefully we will meet again along the road."
He also tweeted a video message that repeats much of this information, noting that it's "very, very painful when I sing" and that he's not been able to schedule the procedure yet.