The musical duo known as The Black Keys has had to cancel the upcoming European leg of their Turn Blue tour, after an injury sidelined their drummer Patrick Carney. Although there was not much information about what was wrong with Carney initially released, it was being described as a serious injury that occurred in the early part of January. According to Rolling Stone, the injury was being reported as a dislocated shoulder.
The injury apparently happened on January 3rd, on the island of Saint-Barthelemy. Carney was taken to hospital after he ended up slamming his shoulder into the ocean flour while he was swimming. Once he arrived at the hospital he was given anesthesia and a doctor had to reset the dislocated shoulder. Although the drummer was in a lot of pain at the time, he was still able to make fun of his injury and even posted pictures of his damaged shoulder on to his Instagram while he was still in the hospital.
In a statement that was released by The Black Keys, the group issued an apology to their fans that they would be unable to perform at any of their currently scheduled upcoming performances. The group then proceeded to thank their fans for all of their continued support, adding that they were looking forward to when they would be able to get back on the road to continue on their tour. As of right now, all of The Black Keys’ currently scheduled performances have been cancelled through to March 10, 2015.
Unfortunately for ticket holders; while the band had originally hoped to just postpone the European portion of the Turn Blue tour, it ended up having to be completely cancelled. The cancellation was due in part to the different venues’ lack of availability, as well as previously scheduled commitments.
The total number of shows that had to be canceled as part of The Black Keys European Turn Blue tour totaled 17, and included six in the United Kingdom alone. There were also three cancelled concerts in Germany, three in France and a performance at the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute ( to honor iconic music veteran Bob Dylan) which had been scheduled for February 6, 2015.
As of right now; The Black Keys are still on schedule to continue the Australian portion of the Turn Blue tour, which is set to begin April 2nd in Brisbane. Their summer festival performances (which also include an appearance at the Governor’s Ball) are also unaffected at this time. In fact, The Black Keys do not believe that any of their scheduled performances after March 10th will have to be cancelled.
Since the band was unable to reschedule any of the cancelled performances, all of the tickets that were sold are being refunded in full from the original source of the sales. Although the European portion of The Black Keys’ Turn Blue tour had to be cancelled due to Carney’s injury, the duo hopes to continue the tour in March after the shoulder in question has had time to heal.
By Kimberley Spinney
Photo by Iñaki Espejo-Saavedra – Flickr License