Bon Jovi have been forced to postpone tour dates in south America after the hospitalisation of drummer Tico Torres.
The band pulled their scheduled show in Mexico City on Tuesday (September 10) after Torres checked into hospital for an emergency appendectomy.
A statement from frontman Jon Bon Jovi on the band’s Facebook page posted today (September 12) says that the band is staying with their drummer until he is recovered, forcing them to pull dates in Santiago, Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina. The band’s website says concerts in those cities have been rescheduled for later this month.
The post begins: “Last night Tico Torres underwent an emergency appendectomy. Thankfully, the operation was a success and Tico is now recovering in the care of his doctors at the American British Cowdray Hospital. We’d like to thank the doctors, nurses and all the hospital staff who helped our friend through this difficult time.”
It adds: “We’ll remain here with Tico in Mexico City and will see him through his release. David and I spent the day with him at the hospital and Tico sends his thanks for all of your thoughts and prayers. He wants everyone to know that it was his desire to perform. He even promised the doctors he would come back for the surgery right after the show but the doctors prevailed.”
“We know many of you make great efforts and travel from around the world to see us on tour,” it continues. “It remains our desire to give you the best that we have every night. We are sorry for any inconvenience this sudden change of plans may have caused.”
The band’s next scheduled date is September 20 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.