Mogwai have been forced to cancel their remaining North American dates following drummer Martin Bullochs complications this weekend from his heart condition. Bulloch was taken to a hospital shortly following the groups ATP New York performance on Sunday due to troubles stemming from his recent pacemaker surgery, leading U.S. doctors to urge him to return home to Scotland to get more treatment.
Bulloch has since been discharged, but Montreal, Toronto and a handful of U.S. cities will have to do without Mogwais rock action this fall. Here is what the dummer had to say in a statement via Mogwais website:
I was taken into hospital last night almost immediately after the show at ATP. I've been having some problems with my pacemaker for the duration of the tour and it unfortunately culminated in me being sent to the emergency room. The doctors there initially thought I would have to have corrective surgery at a larger hospital nearer NYC but I have been given the all clear to travel home on the understanding that I go straight to my cardiologist on arrival back in Scotland.
TBH, I'm really bummed about having to go home and feel for the folks who had bought tickets for our upcoming shows but I can honestly say it would be almost impossible for me to carry on at this point, as my pacemaker has broken skin and the surrounding area has become infected.
On the plus side, tickets will be refunded and the band plan to reschedule the shows for early 2009. Also, Mogwais newest long-player, The Hawk Is Howling, drops today (September 23) via Matador, so its thankfully not all doom and pacemaker gloom in the Mogwai camp.
Here are Mogwais cancelled North American tour dates:
9/23 Montreal, QC - Metropolis
9/24 Toronto, ON Phoenix
9/25 Pontiac, MI - Crofoot
9/26 Chicago, IL - Congress Theatre
9/27 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
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