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Cancer cancellation tough on The Jezabels

AAP logoAAP 6/10/2016 Danielle McGrane

Earlier this year, the rug was pulled out from under The Jezabels.

The Sydney band had just come back on the scene after two years with a new album, Synthia, and announced a tour which they had to cancel a month before it was due to start.

The shock cancellation was down to the fact that keyboardist Heather Shannon had ovarian cancer which needed immediate treatment.

"It was tough, it definitely was," The Jezabels frontwoman Hayley Mary told AAP.

"Because it's better now, and she can tour, and she's been given the all-clear it's like a whole lot of relief, but at the time it was pretty horrible having everything pulled out from under you."

Aside from the fact that the band have been going for ten years and this is one of Mary's closest friends who had been diagnosed with cancer, there was the whole business side of things to deal with.

"It was disadvantageous to everyone who was working with us but we knew that we couldn't just replace Heather," she said.

"I'm sure we would consider playing with a session musician if someone was quitting the band or giving notice and it was all amicable and great, but not when someone's just been told that they have aggressive cancer. It was a hard decision but it was kind of like there wasn't a decision, it was like it was always going to go that way."

Shannon has had several clear scans and is feeling great, according to Mary who describes her as a fighter.

The experience has also made Mary appreciate things more and given her a new perspective on life and the band.

"The whole experience changed me incredibly as a person, I know it's changed Heather. It changed all of us," she said.

As they set out on their rescheduled tour dates, Mary says now is the time to come and see the band in action.

"If you'd ever thought about coming and seeing The Jezabels this is the tour to come see us because it's kind of symbolic to the band," she said.

"But also because, as we've been taught the last couple of years, you can't take anything for granted.

"I wish I could promise we'll be around forever but I just can't. No one can."

THE JEZABELS TOUR DATES: October 6 - The Triffid, Brisbane

October 8 - Enmore Theatre, Sydney

October 14 - The Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne

October 19 - The Gov, Adelaide

October 21 - ANU Bar, Canberra

October 22 - Bar on the Hill, Newcastle

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