DEF LEPPARD has postponed the remaining dates on its current tour to give singer Joe Elliott time to rest his vocal cords. The band wrote on its web site that the concerts on its winter tour were being postponed “due to illness. All shows from Feb. 2 (San Antonio, Texas) through Feb. 17 (Allentown, Penn.) will be rescheduled, including the previously postponed dates in Greensboro, NC (Jan. 27), and Orlando, Fla (Jan. 30).”

Drummer Rick Allen offered more detail on Twitter, explaining that “the doctor basically said that if Joe continues to sing without resting his throat for a month, he might do permanent damage.”