OMD Cancel Tour After Drummer Malcolm Holmes Suffers Heat Exhaustion in Toronto
Published Jul 22, 2013Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark have been touring North America in support of their album English Electric, and the trip brought them to Toronto's Danforth Music Hall this past Friday night (July 19). Unfortunately, drummer Malcolm Holmes experienced a medical emergency during the gig, and the remainder of the band's 2013 dates have subsequently been cancelled.
According to fan accounts on the band's Facebook page, the heat inside the venue was intense, and the set was cut short when Holmes was no longer able to play. He was subsequently taken to hospital for heat exhaustion.
According to one fan's post, "Spoke to Paul [Humphreys] after the show and he said Malcolm had flat lined but had survived." (Of course, we don't know how accurate this report is.)
A subsequent Facebook update from OMD notes, "We've been to see Malcolm and we're delighted to say he's doing well and hopes to fly home on Tuesday. thank you for your kind messages and support."
As a result of Holmes's heat exhaustion, the band have cancelled the remainder of their 2013 dates. This apparently includes not only the rest of their 2013 shows (including stops in Detroit, Minneapolis and Chicago), but their subsequent European festival appearances. See the axed schedule below.
7/22 Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theatre
7/23 Chicago, IL - Metro
7/28 Scone Palace, Scotland - Rewind Festival
8/30 Ciney, Belgium - Tempo! Festival
9/6 Cascais, Portugal - Festival ERP Remember