We had a feeling this might be coming: Lauryn Hill has postponed the rest of her tour celebrating the 25th anniversary of her groundbreaking album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” citing vocal strain.
Hill was scheduled to play Amalie Arena with co-headliners the Fugees — the hip-hop group of which she was a member — on Dec. 8. According to Amalie Arena’s website, that show has been canceled.
Ticketholders who purchased through Ticketmaster can expect refunds within 30 days.
Hill issued a statement on Instagram with a video of her performing the song “Ex-Factor,” her voice wavering.
“I’d like to start this off by saying how much I’ve enjoyed being on the road, and how much I appreciate all of the fans who have come out to celebrate this incredible milestone anniversary and history making reunion with us,” the post reads. “Being able to tour this album to sold out crowds after 25 years has been an emotional experience! I’ve loved sharing the stage again with Wyclef and Pras.”
The post continued: “As many of you may know, I’ve been battling serious vocal strain for the past month. I made it through each show by taking prescribed prednisone, but this can be detrimental to the body when taken in large amounts over long periods of time. In order to prevent any long term negative affect on my voice and my body, I need to take time off to allow for real vocal recovery so that I can discontinue the medication completely.
For this reason we have to reschedule most of the remaining shows this year. The shows that were cancelled this year will be rescheduled for early 2024 AND because of the overwhelming response, we’ll be adding new cities to the tour, including overseas.
We’re working on the new calendar now, and announcing soon.”