Due to The Black Keys’ drummer Patrick Carney’s serious shoulder injury, the band has just announced the cancellation of their forthcoming concerts in Australia, New Zealand and Japan, as part of their Turn Blue World Tour.
Sadly this includes their performance at Bluesfest on Friday 3rd of April, and their scheduled headline slot at the Hunter’s Rolling Green festival on Saturday 11th April.
The band has issued an official statement saying:
“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.”
Bluesfest Director, Peter Noble, has commented:
“We love The Black Keys, and will miss them at Bluesfest this year, and look forward to having them play in future… The Alabama Shakes have graciously agreed to close our Mojo stage on Good Friday in the slot that was formerly The Keys, and Paolo Nutini will appear immediately before them.”
The Black Keys were set to headline the inaugural Rolling Green events set to be held at Yarra Valley, VIC and Hunter Valley, NSW, and the promoters have announced that the events will no longer be going ahead and all ticket-holders will be refunded.
Rolling Green promoter Michael Newton said:
“This is obviously hugely disappointing news as we knew The Black Keys were the perfect band to get the very first Rolling Green up and running and the bill with Spiderbait, Band Of Skulls and Bad//Dreems was a killer. I know there will be a lot of disappointed fans out there. We will have more news on the Rolling Green front for next season, so stand by!”
For more information on Rolling Green ticket refunds, head to: www.rollinggreen.com.au
For more information on Bluesfest line-up updates, head to: www.bluesfest.com.au