Avicii has just cancelled his residency in Las Vegas.
Due to growing health concerns following a recent illness, Avicii announced his retirement from live performance earlier this March. While assuring his fans that he will continue to work on new music, he also confirmed that he will perform all remaining dates scheduled this year. Now it has been announced that the EDM musician and producer, whose real name is Tim Bergling, has just cancelled the remainder of his Las Vegas Residency–a decision that raises speculation to both Bergling’s health and all dates he promised to honor.
Over the last few years, Bergling experienced a series of health complications, ultimately resulting in his retirement from live performance. The news came as a shock to both fans and the EDM community after making the announcement in a heartfelt letter on his website. It had been public knowledge that he was struggling with health issues, specifically being hospitalized for gall bladder complications and acute pancreatitis partially due to alcohol abuse. That same year he had both his gallbladder and appendix surgically removed resulting in the series of headlining festival cancellations.
“To me it was something I had to do for my health. The scene was not for me. It was not the shows and not the music. It was always the other stuff surrounding it that never came naturally to me. All the other parts of being an artist. I’m more of an introverted person in general.It was always very hard for me. I took on board too much negative energy, I think.”
On their official Instagram, XS Las Vegas announced that Avicii could not follow through the remainder of his residency and that Dillon Francis would be replacing him. To add to the recent abscence in performance, Avicii was replaced by Marshmello when he was scheduled to play at the Encore Beach Club. And while the musician promised to honor the remaining 2016 dates, his recent no-shows, along with the slew of cancellations in 2015, have raised concerns regarding all future gigs.