The Distillers have been forced to cancel their tour dates after drummer Andy Granelli suffered a gruesome hand injury during a bike accident.
The band, who are playing a major show at Reading and Leeds Festival this summer, were due to play a string of tour dates in North American in the running to their trip to the UK.
However, an unfortunate accident has resulted in a major injury to Granelli’s hand which has not healed in time for the tour dates. While the band have cancelled the upcoming shows, they have confirmed their intentions to play Reading and Leeds.
“Andy was in a really bad accident a few days ago that resulted in two very deep gashes, a broken middle finger and a concussion,” Brody Dalle said in a post on social media. “He was riding his bike down the street and a woman who was struggling with her toddler inside her car, kicked the car door open and in a split second attempt to avoid it, Andy was badly injured, his right hand taking most of the impact and requiring 40 stitches.
“This kind of trauma takes time to heal and unfortunately we’ve had to cancel / postpone our upcoming August American tour before Reading and Leeds in the UK. The doctor believes Andy will be healed enough in about 3.5 weeks time and that’s why we are going forth with Reading and Leeds. Hope you can understand, it’s disappointing for us to have to cancel and postpone but Andy’s hand is crucial to what he does and what we do. Much love to you all.”
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