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Ear issues force Brian Setzer to cancel annual Christmas Tour

NEW YORK – JUNE 08: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE; PREMIUM RATES APPLY) Musician Brian Setzer performs onstage at Les Paul’s 95th Birthday with Special Intimate Performance at Iridium Jazz Club on June 8, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Gibson)

Brian Setzer has been forced to cancel his 16-date Christmas tour under doctors order, due to a severe case of tinnitus. Best Classic Bands reported the 19-piece Brian Setzer Orchestra was set to launch its 16th annual trek on November 15th in Minneapolis with the tour stretching through December, when it was set to wrap in Los Angeles. Tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase.

Setzer said in a statement to fans: “It’s heartbreaking to disappoint my fans who have shared my Christmas seasons with me for over fifteen years. I’m truly sorry for the inconvenience this has caused all of the amazing people who make my tour happen and to my unbelievably loyal and devoted fans. I hate to let you down and I hope you’ll understand.”