Swine flu to blame for Lissy Trullie gig cancellations

Bassist Ian Fenger contracted the H1N1 virus in Germany

Swine flu to blame for Lissy Trullie gig cancellations
Lissy Trullie have revealed that the reason they were forced to cancel a large section of their European tour last month was because bassist Ian Fenger caught swine flu.

At the time, the hotly-tipped US band didn't reveal what was wrong with Fenger, instead declaring that the bassist's health was their primary concern, and wishing him a "speedy recovery".

A further statement on behalf of the band has now explained more about Fenger's illness.

"After a couple of shows, prospects headed south in Hamburg as Ian Fenger was diagnosed with the dreaded H1N1 virus (aka swine flu) on June 7 and was committed to hospital," the statement said. "Seriously ill and hooked up to an IV, Ian and the band as well as their friends and family discovered that the infamous flu was in fact no joke."

Following the Fenger's illness, the rest of the band and their crew were also forced to stay in quarantine.

"They also found out the German government was not going to treat it as such either," said Lissy [Trullie, singer] of the experience. "Despite not showing signs of illness, precautionary measures were enforced, and the rest of the band and tour manager were quarantined in their hotel and prevented from leaving.

"There they were administered medicine and monitored for symptoms. "We had to take Tamiflu so we couldn't catch anything,""

Fenger was discharged from hospital after six days, returning to the US, and the band are now set to start work on their debut album with producer and former Suede member Bernard Butler.

They are also set to return to the UK to tour this September.

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