The Black Keys have scrapped their upcoming tour of Australia and Japan as drummer Patrick Carney battles an infection in his injured shoulder.
Carney underwent surgery in January after dislocating and breaking his shoulder when a wave slammed him into the ocean floor as he swam during a vacation.
The band cancelled a European tour and had hoped Carney would be well enough to play on the next leg of the trek, which was due to kick off in Brisbane, Australia on April 2, but it has now been scrapped as Carney battles a post-operation infection.
A statement from the band reads:
“We are very sorry to have to cancel our upcoming performances through April 23… Patrick sustained a dislocated and broken shoulder in January that required surgery. Working with the doctors, surgeons and physiotherapists since January, we had expected Patrick to be ready to return to touring in April. The recovery process and physical therapy has taken longer than anticipated and unfortunately Patrick is still unable to perform and needs additional time to heal. We thank all of our fans for their ongoing support and we look forward to getting back on the road as soon as possible.”
Peter Noble, the director of Byron Bay Bluesfest festival, where the group was due to perform, adds, “Patrick has now developed adhesive capsulitis, known as frozen shoulder, an infection, which has both delayed and complicated the healing process, and as a result, his doctor has advised he cannot go on tour currently and play the drums.
Patrick requires further regular intensive treatment, and we, along with his fans I’m sure, are praying for his timely recovery.”
The Black Keys are next scheduled to perform at Primavera Sound Festival in Spain on May 28.
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