The band tell NME.COM what caused Peter Hayes' broken thumb...

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have spoken to NME.COM about the injury that’s led to the postponement of their UK and Irish tour.

As previously reported, the band have been forced to cancel a number of dates on the jaunt. Guitarist Peter Hayes has broken his thumb and is due to fly back to the US this weekend for surgery

NME.COM spoke to his bandmate Robert Turner, who explained what happened.

He said: “It’s pretty unfortunate. It happened in Brighton after the show. It was just a stupid drunken night, and we were all out and he put his hand into the wall and wrecked it.

“There was enough alcohol that we didn’t think anything really happened. We’ve just been told by enough doctors that if we keep doing (shows) then he’s gonna be permanently crippled, so we’re gonna have him in surgery in a couple of days.”

The band have been on the road with the Cooper Temple Clause, dates that started with an NME Awards Show at the London Brixton Academy.

The dates are:

Dublin Ambassador Theatre (February 16)

Belfast Mandela Hall (17)

Middlesbrough Empire (19)

Preston Mill (20)

Sheffield Leadmill (21)

The dates will be rescheduled for a new date, and original tickets will be valid.