TRAVIS DRUMMER FACES OP AFTER POOL ACCIDENT

Doctors in France attempt to establish the extent of Neil Primrose's injuries...

TRAVIS drummer NEIL PRIMROSE is to undergo an operation today (July 10) to discover how seriously he has been hurt following the pool accident that hospitalised him in France.

As revealed yesterday on NME.COM, Travis have cancelled European dates following a serious injury to the drummer.

The band had completed a performance at the Belfort Festival in France (July 7).

Whilst relaxing in the pool, Primrose struck his head and was knocked unconscious. After realising his predicament, other band and crew members dragged Neil from the pool and gave him assistance.

He was taken by ambulance to the local hospital in Belfort to receive treatment and to undergo tests. A statement issued yesterday said that “early indications suggest that Neil has sustained a fracture on one of his vertebrae and is still in hospital in France undergoing further tests.”

As a result, the band have cancelled their forthcoming live shows in Lucca, Italy (July 15), Rome (16), Les Vieilles Charrues Festival, France (19) and Dublin Marlay Park (21).

Speaking to Scottish newspaper the Daily Record, Primrose explained how the accident occurred, and said that an operation today will reveal the full extent of his injuries.

“We’d been sitting around having a few drinks but we weren’t drunk. The weather was beautiful and I decided to take a dip,” he said. “Sadly for me, I dived into the shallow end and smashed my head against the bottom of the pool. I now know that I’ve possibly done quite a lot of damage as the surgeons here told me the impact had caused my head to push down onto my spine.”

He thanked the people who jumped into the pool to save him, revealing they “probably saved my life”, and also expressed gratitude to the “very professional” hospital staff who are working with him in France.

Primrose will be joined by his wife while he receives his treatment. He concluded: “Now obviously I need to get over this operation. The surgeons want to find out whether any permanent damage has been done to my upper spine. Obviously my wife will want me to take some time off after this to recuperate. Tell the fans there’s nothing to worry about. I’m fine and I’ll be back with the band hotter than ever before.”

The group’s V2002 appearance currently hangs in the balance.