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PASSION PIT CANCELS SHOWS OVER SINGER'S 'MENTAL HEALTH'
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7/27/2012

Up-and-coming Massachusetts band Passion Pit has canceled several dates in early August after also scrapping six shows in the second half of July, according to FMQB. The band initially canceled this month's gigs after singer Michael Angelakos admitted he was dealing with a "mental health" issue. Angelakos wrote at the band's website, "In order for me to ensure that there will be no further disruptions, I am going to take the time to work on improving my mental health. For now, I'd like to thank all of our fans for their understanding. I hope to see all of you very soon in a much different light."

Now with shows in Colorado on August 7th and 8th and Salt Lake City on August 9th also tabled, the band has issued a new statement saying, "Thanks to everyone for all of their love and support throughout these past couple weeks . . . we're sorry to let you know that we need to postpone our upcoming weekday shows in Colorado and Salt Lake City in order for Michael to continue to improve his mental health and complete a procedure that week."

The group will still make appearances at the Lollapalooza, Osheaga and Outside Lands festivals, while so far three of the postponed dates have been rescheduled for September.

All this comes just as the band's second album, Gossamer, arrived in stores this past Tuesday (July 24th). The disc follows up the group's 2009 debut, Manners, and features the Top 20 Modern Rock single "Take A Walk."

Angelakos recently admitted in an interview with the Observer that he suffers from "so much stress" and is "always in crisis." The singer suffers from bipolar disorder and has previously struggled with alcohol abuse and chronic fatigue.

The singer explained, "I do the records, I write the songs, I bring the songs to the band, the band learns them, I come back in, I tweak everything, we make sure everything works perfectly, and then we go onstage . . . I mean the amount of pressure I'm under right now is just immense."


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