Wednesday, November 15, 2006

BREAKING NEWS: Bloc Party Illness, Tour Canceled

I'm horrified and saddened to report that Bloc Party's Matt Tong, one of my favorite drummers of all time, has been hospitalized for a collapsed lung!  Can you imagine?! (*shudder*)

As a result, Bloc Party has had to pull out of the rest of their tour with Panic! At The Disco. I suppose that goes without saying. But for those of you with tickets, this is heartbreaking on several levels. 

photo by Lauren Dobkin, 2006

An announcement on Bloc Party's MySpace page had the following to say:

Bloc Party has cancelled the remainder of their current US tour with Panic! at the Disco due to Matt Tong's health after being admitted to an Atlanta hospital with a collapsed lung last Thursday night.

While Matt is on the road to recovery, doctors have advised that he not travel or play again for another few weeks in order to give his lung time to properly heal.

From Kele: "We would like to apologize to all of our fans here who won't be able to see us on this tour. We were looking forward to playing in a number of American cities that we've never been to before, however, Matt's health is our number one priority right now."

Ticket refunds will be available at point-of-purchase. Ticket holders are encouraged to return their tickets within the next week.

If you're interested in sending your best wishes to Matt and the band, you can do so at...
--Their MySpace Page
--Their Official Site

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