The days and weeks after a SongwritingWith:Soldiers retreat can be a difficult time…
- Posted on Jul 16th 2010 11:30AM by Emily Tan
"I was very upset to have missed my shows in Melbourne, Sydney, Hunter, Boston, and Toronto. This emergency surgery fell on me like a storm and hit smack in the middle of these dates," Felice wrote on the Duke and the King's Facebook page. "Please know that I can't wait to reschedule and see you guys really soon. I've just had my first look-over by the kindest cardiologist in Albany and he says that I'll be fine to be back on the road in August, that by then I'll be feeling like a teenager, or like a Comanche on his first warhorse, so I'm already greatly looking forward to every one of the scheduled New York and UK solo shows at summer's end, and to the September release of the new D&K album 'Long Live the Duke & the King.'"
In the letter, Felice gets graphic and reveals the details of his surgery, but what shocked the singer most is how long he's been living with the heart condition. "What a wild thing to learn from the doctor: that for years you've been existing off 1/8th of the blood and oxygen your body and brain need, that he's baffled your still alive, that you would've surely died within the next year," he wrote.
After a few more weeks of recovery time, Felice will be back onstage for a stint of solo dates starting on Aug. 7 in New York. The Duke and the King will be playing Hudson Valley Green Festival on Sept. 4 before touring Europe in October. The band's new album, 'Long Live the Duke & the King,' releases on Sept. 27.