STROKE(S) OF BAD LUCK!

The band's scheduled shows in Colchester and London are still scheduled to go ahead...

THE STROKES have this afternoon (June 25) cancelled tomorrow night’s BIRMINGHAM ACADEMY gig, despite having called on the services of a replacement drummer for FABRIZIO MORRETTI, who broke his hand last week after falling out of the band’s tour bus.

Birmingham Academy told NME.COM this afternoon that the show had been pulled, but it was hoped that it might be rescheduled, and fans are being advised to hold on to their tickets, which will be valid for the rescheduled date.

As revealed last week on NME.COM, the band had to cancel their shows at Liverpool Lomax on June 22 and Sheffield Leadmill (23) after Fab fell out of the tourbus and broke his hand in Glasgow. He went on to play last Thursday’s Manchester gig in great pain, after which an X-Ray revealed a fracture. The band’s management said his recovery may well take over a month.

Over the weekend, they issued an apology to fans, and revealed that a friend of the band, Matt Romano, was flying in from New York to begin intensive rehearsals so they could continue with their highly-anticipated UK tour – to read the story click here.

Their gig at Colchester Arts Centre on Wednesday (June 27) is expected to go ahead as planned, as will their London Heaven show the following night.