Chicago-based rock outfit the Alkaline Trio has canceled its winter tour, according to a post on the group's official Web site.

Chicago-based rock outfit the Alkaline Trio has canceled its winter tour, according to a post on the group's official Web site. The 12-date outing was due to launch Jan. 24 in Minneapolis, and took the band through the Midwest and West Coast through early February.

According to the site, lead singer Matt Skiba "strained his vocal cords" in December during the recording of the band's forthcoming album for Vagrant Records. "Even with the downtime around the holidays, the band thought it was best to concentrate on finishing the album and not putting Matt in a position to cause permanent damage by pushing himself," the site says.

Skiba's injury will not postpone the release of the new album, which is still due in May. The band is expected to tour around the time of its release. Those who purchased tickets to one of the canceled shows are asked to contact Ticketmaster or the participating venue regarding a refund.

The affected dates include a sold-out Jan. 26 benefit for breast cancer and lymphedema at the Metro in Chicago. Hot Water Music, the Ghost, the Exit, and Solea are still slated to perform. It is unknown at press time if refunds will be available, as all proceeds are to go toward the National Lymphedema Network & the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Alkaline Trio's last Vagrant studio album, "From Here to Infirmary," bowed in April 2001 at No. 14 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart. The group's split Jade Tree EP with Hot Water Music reached No. 36 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums tally last February.

Here are Alkaline Trio's canceled tour dates:

Jan. 24: Minneapolis (Club Quest)
Jan. 26: Chicago (Metro)
Jan: 27: Lawrence, Kan, (Bottleneck)
Jan. 28: Boulder, Colo. (Fox Theater)
Jan. 29: Salt Lake City (Bricks)
Jan. 31: Seattle (Graceland)
Feb. 1: Portland (B Complex)
Feb. 2: San Francisco (Slim's)
Feb. 3: Pomona, Calif. (Glass House)
Feb. 4: West Hollywood, Calif. (Troubadour)
Feb. 5: San Diego (Cane's)
Feb. 6: Las Vegas (House of Blues)

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