Due to ongoing health issues, Nazareth frontman Dan McCafferty has been forced to retire. A statement on the band’s facebook page states:

“We sadly have to tell you all that Dan has been forced to retire due to ill health. He suffers from C.O.P.D. (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). It has gotten worse lately and after trying to play a festival in Switzerland last weekend Dan found it impossible to continue after performing only three songs.

In the dressing room afterwards he told the band that he couldn’t go on any longer. We’ll keep you updated on further developments.”

McCafferty collapsed onstage this past July 9 after the band’s first song, and then again on Aug. 24, after reportedly complaining of shortness of breath at the Summerdays Festival in Switzerland.

There is no word on when or if Nazareth will complete the new studio album they have currently been recording, but after 45 years, it looks as if Nazareth will be no longer. The most important thing is the health of McCafferty, and MarshallofRock.com wishes him all the best in his battle. Thanks for everything Dan.

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