Duncan Sheik Postpones Tour Due to Alcohol Rehab

By Kirwan Gray 06/08/11

The announcement of alcohol problems came as a surprise after a round of upbeat press interviews.

Duncan Sheik on the “Whisper House” Tour.
Photo via anthologysd

Sometimes these announcements do come as a shock, even to the rattled publicists putting out the press releases. (Or not, as in the recent case of Amy Winehouse).The Wall Street Journal reports that singer Duncan Sheik, who was recently profiled in the sunniest of terms in numerous magazines and other media outlets, has postponed the start of his tour in order to deal with an “alcohol related addiction,” according to a representative. The tour was scheduled to kick off at the High Line Ballroom in New York on Wednesday night.
The New York Observer, which ran an interview with Sheik on Tuesday, said that the singer/songwriter “grew up in Hilton Head, S.C., and began playing music young. After graduating from Andover, he majored in semiotics at Brown, studying everything from Italian cinema to Jacques Lacan. He also began practicing Nichiren Buddhism, a kind of Zen Buddhism that was popular after World War II.”

Sheik just released Covers 80s, a new song collection, and had recently been concentrating on his career as a Broadway composer. He wrote the music for the Tony award winning musical Spring Awakening in 2006.  ”At this time,” said a statement sent to the New York Observer,  “Duncan is currently struggling with an alcohol related addiction and is seeking treatment.” The tour is expected to resume on June 20 at Largo in Los Angeles.

According to the Observer: “The subject of alcohol abuse did not come up when we spent the day with Mr. Sheik last week. His publicist told us the news comes as a surprise.”

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