Blue October's suicide awareness tour canceled due to singer's 'extreme mental anxiety attack'
Blue October's upcoming "Pick Up The Phone Tour" was designed to benefit sucide awareness and prevention, and to promote mental health projects like the National Hopeline Network and To Write Love On Her Arms.
The Hate Me band had developed the tour around singer Justin Furstenfeld's own struggles with bipolar disorder. This week, he was scheduled to speak and perform on Capitol Hill in an effort to raise money for mental health issues.
So it's a little scary that the band has canceled the Pick Up The Phone Tour -- including next weekend's Oct. 31 gig at the Ritz Ybor in the thick of Guavaween -- due to Furstenfeld's sudden hospitalization for what the band calls "an extreme mental anxiety attack."
“Mental health diseases are unpredictable,” Furstenfeld said in a statement. “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."
With the announcement coming just nine days before Blue October's gig in Ybor City, we are reminded of the drama that always seems to envelop the band whenever a Tampa gig nears.
In 2006, right when Hate Me was about to take off, Furstenfeld tore ligaments in his knee while running the bases during a concert at Bright House Networks Field in Clearwater.
Then, later that year, Blue October was scheduled to play the 97X Next Big Thing concert in Tampa -- but Furstenfeld reinjured the knee right before the show, forcing them to cancel.
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-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*