It wasn't any secret that Avicii's health was failing terribly in 2015. The once youthful artist began to look gaunt and incredibly sick. It was so sad to see. After a series of cancellations and stints in the hospital Tim Bergling announced his retirement from touring. While it was a sad day for dance music it was also a bit of a relief. We knew that Avicii would at the very least have a chance to relax.
Then only a few months ago Avicii started to tease a comeback. Fans all over the world were ecstatic. He was finally going to return to producing after over a year hiatus. The result was a self titled EP which was a showstopper. While many fans could assume that Avicii needed to retire from touring and live performance due to health concerns, nobody really knew how bad it got. Avicii recently opened up to Rolling Stone about his decision to stop touring, and things got emotionally raw.
‘”Fuck, you should've really stood up for yourself more there. Come on, Tim!” Why didn't I stop the ship earlier?'
Tim revealed that he was dealing with pancreatitis for excessive drinking. Things got so bad he also had to have an emergency appendectomy and gallbladder removal. Many do not know how bad things got. One poignant point in the interview is when Avicii is asked about still attending shows as a fan. His answer truly reveals just how hard of a time that legend went through the last few years,
“No, not really. I'm still traumatized. But I'm sure I will again. I've started being able to listen to music again, getting a little bit of that joy back.”
Many fans will be incredibly happy to know that Avicii is not just stopping at only an EP. The artist was asked about a new year's resolution which he had made about making the ‘best damn album of his career'. His response was more than hopeful,
“It's shaping up well. I want to bring back some older songs for the die-hard fans, but I also want to make new stuff so it sounds fresh. [The 2015 Avicii album] Stories did well, but it didn't do as well as [2013's] True. So I'm a little bit nervous.”
You can read the full interview in the link above. It truly is a revealing and heartfelt interview from Avicii that I woulld suggest everyone, fan or not, check out.