Matt Romano, is to fly in from New York "for intensive rehearsals in an attempt to go forward with the tour"...

THE STROKES have been forced to cancel more shows on their debut UK tour, but are flying in a replacement drummer from NEW YORK in hope of finishing the remaining dates.

As previously revealed on NME.COM, the band were forced to postpone a show at the Liverpool Lomax (June 22) after drummer Fabirizo Morett fractured his hand after a fall in Glasgow the previous evening.

Last night’s show at the Sheffield Leadmill (June 23) was also pulled. However, the band’s manager has told NME.COM that a “close friend”, Matt Romano, is to fly in from New York “for intensive rehearsals in an attempt to go forward with the tour”.

The Leeds show this evening (June 24), is also pulled, but the band hope to be ready for the show at the Colchester Arts Centre (June 27).

The band’s date at Birmingham Little Academy (June 26) has not been postponed yet, and a decision will be made in the coming days based on how well rehearsals go this weekend.

The manager added: “I can’t stress enough how seriously The Strokes take this, and that’s why we’ve decided to go on. They will only carry on if they feel that they are 100% after rehearsing with Matt, as they wouldn’t offer anything less to their fans.

“Thank you for your support and understanding, and to all the fans who have made the tour in the UK, thus far, an exciting & amazing one! We sincerely apologise for any disappointment or inconvenience this causes, please understand that Fab’s disappointment is even greater.”

The dates which have not yet been postponed are at:

Birmingham Little Academy (June 26)

Colchester Arts Centre (27)

London Heaven (28)