Rockers Whitesnake  have quit their U.S. tour with Judas Priest to allow singer David Coverdale to recover from throat problems.

The Here I Go Again singer visited a throat specialist after experiencing pain during a show in Denver, Colorado on Tuesday night and was diagnosed with severe vocal fold edema and a left vocal fold vascular lesion.

A statement from the band reads, "He (Coverdale) was instructed to cancel all performances for the next two weeks and then undergo a further examination.

"The doctors told us we were fortunate this was caught at a stage where no apparent permanent damage has been caused."

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