Black Rebel Motorcycle Club cancel LA gig as drummer undergoes brain surgery

Band cancel all upcoming live dates as Leah Shapiro recovers following Chiari malformations diagnosis

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have canceled all of their upcoming live dates as drummer Leah Shapiro undergoes brain surgery.

Shapiro shared news of her condition with fans via the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Facebook page where she revealed that she requires treatment for Chiari malformations found in her brain.

The drummer sought medical attention after she started experiencing symptoms including dizziness, insomnia, headaches, tingling/numbness in her hands and a stiff neck. The surgery will leave Shapiro unable to play drums, meaning the band will not appear at the Moon Block Party Festival in Pomona, Los Angeles today (September 18).


Breaking the news on Facebook, Shapiro wrote: “The effects of this illness has made it impossible for me to play drums. I just can’t do the music any justice right now. And so, it is with deep regret that we’re going to have to pull out of the show on Saturday.”

“As you can imagine, I’m hardly looking forward to having my skull cracked open and my brain operated on, but it’s the only thing that’s going to help me get better. And while the thought of not being able to play drums for several months while I recover from the surgery totally sucks, I’m determined to make a full recovery and get back to playing music with Rob & Pete as soon as I can.”

Shapiro joined Black Rebel Motorcycle Club in 2008 as a replacement for founder member Nick Jago.

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