For the second year in a row, Tim Bergling, better known as Avicii, announced that he has cancelled all remaining shows for the year. The reason? “A well-deserved break.”
The interesting thing to note about this sudden and imperative break is that it completely overshadows his new self-directed videos (below), which were released today and were a central part of the hefty workload that forced him to need a break in the first place, at least according to the official statement. So why not announce the break a week ago with the first cancellation approaching Sept. 4? Avicii’s need for rest must’ve been pretty gravely urgent, indeed, to decide to shoot himself in the foot like that, publicity-wise.
His six remaining shows at XS and Encore Beach Club at The Wynn, Las Vegas will be filled in by fellow A-listers like Zedd and Diplo, and those at the Storm Festival in Shanghai and the Fuji-Ku Conifer Forest and Maishima Special Stage in Japan will be pushed into a “larger tour initiative” in 2016.
In addition to what his team calls an excessive summer workload while prepping his album Stories and directing two new videos himself, the 26-year-old EDM star cites touring “nonstop” since first gaining fame at age 18. He is quoted in the official statement as wishing to have some time to become an adult.
“In moving my tour promotional responsibilities to next year, I have a great opportunity to focus on myself and spend time trying to grow up in a way I never got the chance to–-normal, or as normal as it could get.”
Avicii last had to cut his tour off completely less than a year ago to recover from surgeries removing his gallbladder and appendix, the very surgeries that forced him to cancel his Ultra performance in 2014, which of course led to the infamous Animals troll by replacement deadmau5.
The fruits of his reported excess labor the past few months are available now in his two-part video package, which, as mentioned, he directed personally, for For A Better Day and Pure Grinding. His Stories album will follow Oct. 2. See the complete list of replacement Wynn shows below. Avicii will resume his Wynn residency in 2016 in addition to launching a new album tour.
Encore Beach Club
Friday, Sept. 4 – Dillon Francis (Zedd previously scheduled)
Saturday, Sept. 5 – Zedd
Sunday, Sept. 13 – Diplo
Friday, Sept. 4 – Skrillex
Saturday, Sept. 12 – Diplo
Saturday, October 31 – TBD