Hard rockers Australia wide were disheartened to learn today that The Darkness and Joan Jett tour of Australia – which was scheduled for April, has now been cancelled.
The band’s management have decided to cancel the gigs rather than postpone because they have not yet organised plans for a return visit.
The tour promoter has also advised that in light of the Darkness’ cancellation, Joan Jett and her band would also not be making an appearance.
The Darkness’ drummer Ed Graham’s troublesome hip is the reason for the cancellation:
“Unfortunately, over the course of the past few weeks’ touring, Ed has been feeling that all is not right in that department, and has been advised to undergo some rest and tests before potentially taking a backwards step and making matters worse.”
“This very sadly results in the immediate cancellation of the Antipodean tour. We will of course look to reschedule dates into our scheduling and itinerary as soon as possible but have nothing solid to be able to make work currently hence this being a cancellation rather than a postponement.
“The Darkness also feel that to visit countries which do not get enough shows by them as it is, and not have the full, proper and original band line-up, is simply not the right thing to do. To that end there won’t be any possibility for stand ins or alternative Eds for these shows and we won’t be touring with any ersatz model!
“We hope to have details of re-scheduled shows very soon. The Darkness sends its most heartfelt apologies to everyone involved and look forward to seeing you all as soon as possible.”