Babyshambles' Drew McConnell rushed into hospital for emergency spinal surgery

The musician was due to play a solo show tonight at London's Sebright Arms

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Babyshambles' Drew McConnell has been rushed into hospital for emergency spinal surgery.

The musician was due to play a solo show at London's Seabright Arms tonight (May 24), but notice of the gig's cancellation was posted on Facebook earlier this evening. The message, pulling the Horror Show night in Bethnal Green, read:

Hi guys, really late notice but we have so terrible news... Drew McConnell has just been rushed into hospital, He is having to have emergency spinal surgery. so I'm afraid that we have had to postpone HORROR SHOW. Im really sorry to let you down. We were all really excited about tonight but now we will just have to make the next one which is on June 23rd BIGGER and BETTER!


Last summer McConnell found himself in hospital after being injured in a road accident. The Babyshambles bassist broke his ribs and injured his spine, knee and shoulder when he was knocked off his bike in July 2011.

At the time, Pete Doherty's manager Adrian Hunter gave details of his condition in a posting on internet forum French Dog Writtles. Writing under the pseudonym 'Babybear', Hunter said that McConnell was "comfortable but if a little pained" and "Had a nasty couple of bumps. Sense of humour still intact though," he added.

Aside from Babyshambles, McConnell has also played in Mongrel and Helsinki and had stints in Pete Doherty's solo backing band.

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