UK alt-rockers Placebo have been forced to cancel their entire North American tour after their lead singer, Brian Molko, collapsed during the first song of their recent set at the Summer Sonic Festival in Osaka, Japan.
YouTube video of Molko's collapse shows him being carried offstage by security and road crew. The cause of incident is said to be an Asian flu of some kind, combined with extreme jet lag and fatigue.
The cancelled Placebo shows include a September 14 appearance in Vancouver and October 6 and 7 performances in Toronto and Montreal, respectively, as well as various dates throughout the U.S. Ticket refunds for all shows are being offered at the point of purchase.
Molko is now back in London recovering from the incident and has been advised by his doctors to take a six-week break from performing live.
"This is pretty devastating for everyone - we've only ever cancelled three shows in Placebo's 14-year history, however Brian's health is paramount," said a spokesperson at the band's management company, Riverman, in a statement. "Our sincere apologies go out to Placebo's loyal American fans who have waited a long time to see the band. We will try and do everything to rearrange the dates as soon as possible."
It's hoped the band will be able to resume touring in Europe in support of their sixth studio album, Battle for the Sun, as they are scheduled to play France in the third week of October right through until early November. After France, the band are supposed to carry on with shows in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Sweden, Latvia, Poland and Holland, before returning for a handful of dates in their home country.