Merchandise cancel European + US tour after frontman Carson Cox fractures jaw in Leeds

The frontman of the Tampa band “lost consciousness” after they played in the city last weekend

Merchandise have been forced to cancel their remaining European and US tour dates after frontman Carson Cox broke his jaw in Leeds last week.

The Tampa band rounded off their latest UK tour in the city on Saturday (November 5), and were set to move onto mainland Europe this week. However, the band then announced that their shows in Brussels (7 November) and Paris (8 November) had been cancelled due to “health reasons.”

Those reasons have now come to light, with Merchandise taking the decision to cancel the remainder of their European tour as well as their forthcoming US tour. As Pitchfork reports, Merchandise made the announcement on their Twitter account today as they disclosed the nature of the injuries sustained by Carson after their performance at the Brudenell Social Club.

“After the Leeds gig, Carson lost consciousness and had a fall backstage,” the statement reads. “After multiple tests, we think it was due to exhaustion and nothing more serious. During the fall, he hit his chin badly, breaking several teeth and fracturing his jaw.

“The band is currently in London waiting to see a specialist who will be advising the next course of treatment for repairing his jaw. Carson is expected to make a full recovery and we plan on making up the shows as best we can in Spring 2017.”

See the full statement below.

Merchandise’s cancelled tour dates in Europe are as follows:

November 8 – Mecanique Ondulatoire, Paris
November 10 – Rossl, Bern
November 12 – I Vizi del Pellicano, Correggio
November 13 – C.S. Rivolta, Marghera
November 14 – Mocvara, Zagreb
November 15 – Posthof, Linz
November 16 – Café V Lese, Prague

Merchandise released their latest album, ‘A Corpse Wired For Sound’, in September.