04/12/2013 10:33 am ET | Updated Apr 12, 2013

Old 97's Frontman Rhett Miller Blows Out Voice, Cancels Band's Concerts

It's been a long week for Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller, who blew out his voice at a concert on Sunday and is unable to speak.

Miller tweeted Thursday that he is suffering from "full-blown hemorrhaged vocal cords," which he called "very painful." He is on vocal rest for a week.

As a result, the Old 97's are forced to cancel their upcoming shows in the Hudson Valley. Miller, 42, does apparently see one upside to his brief hiatus: "More tweeting!"

This vocal cord situation is crazy. It feels like I have a cherry tomato stuck in my voice box. And not talking? How does one do that?

— Rhett Miller (@rhettmiller) April 11, 2013

Upside to vocal cord damage? More tweeting! Maybe I should find a bad kids' movie and just go to town on it...

— Rhett Miller (@rhettmiller) April 11, 2013

Not being allowed to talk makes me realize just how much I must talk when I am allowed. How does anyone put up with me?

— Rhett Miller (@rhettmiller) April 11, 2013

Miller's vocal problems occurred following a show in the band's hometown of Dallas, where the Old 97's performed a 20th-anniversary concert at the Barley House.

Miller, who is also a successful solo artist, has been with the Old 97's since their formation in 1993. In 2005, Blender ranked the alt-country band's most successful single, "Murder (Or A Heart Attack)," No. 176 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born.


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