Lykke Li warned us she was only human. The first song shared from the Swedish singer/songwriter’s wonderfully heartbroken new album, I Never Learn (one of our 100 Best Albums of 2014), was the stripped-down acoustic plea “Love Me Like I’m Not Made of Stone.” Now she has canceled her remaining live dates, saying she’s been told to rest.
The St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival said the artist born Lykke Li Zachrisson canceled “due to health reasons.” Her statement through the festival suggests the advice to hit pause came from a third party, saying that “it’s been recommended that I take a break.” She added, “I’m devastated, but know I will return.” A rep for Li told Wondering Sound in an email that the cancellation “only relates to … the Laneway Festival” but didn’t have any further details to add.
Li had been scheduled to play eight shows with the traveling festival in January and February, across Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. The festival gigs followed a busy 2014 live schedule that had her supporting her emotion-fraught new album across Europe and North America. Incidentally, the tour featured a Drake cover; the Nothing Was the Same rapper’s breakthrough 2009 mixtape, So Far Gone, included a remix of “Little Bit,” from Li’s debut album Youth Novels the previous year.
Statement through Laneway Festival
I’m incredibly sorry to announce that I’m no longer able to play in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore for Laneway Festival. It’s been a long time coming, but unfortunately tour life has caught up with me and it’s been recommended that I take a break. I’m devastated, but know I will return. Thank you for all the support, and I sincerely hope I can make it up to you at a later date.
I AM UTTERLY DEVASTATED, SOMETIMES WE PUSH AND PUSH BUT THE BODY SIMPLY WON’T FOLLOW. I GAVE IT ALL I HAD, MY BODY, HEART AND SOUL. AFTER 7 YEARS OF TOURING MY HEALTH IS SCREAMING/BEGGING FOR ME TO LISTEN/HEAL/SLOW DOWN.THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR UNDERSTANDING. THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO MY BLEEDING HEART AND WATCHING ME DANCE IN THE DARK THESE PAST YEARS. I LOVE YOU. I WILL COME BACK. STRONGER. BUT FOR NOW MY LOVES, I HAVE TO REST. U CAN’T ALWAYS “WIN”…. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELVES!!! YOU MEAN THE WORLD TO ME. CHOOSE LIGHT AND LIFE! LIFE IS EBB N FLOW, HIGH N LOW. BUT WE KEEP ON. I WILL MISS YOU SO. X