Coldplay have been forced to cancel a SCANDINAVIAN tour, due to start in STOCKHOLM today (September 14), because of the ongoing illness of guitarist JON BUCKLAND.
The band were due to spend around a week in the region. Singer Chris Martin and drummer Will Champion will instead head out in order to fulfil one or two of their promotional duties.
Buckland’s illness must now be becoming a real cause of concern for the band. They are about to undertake their biggest-ever headlining tour of the UK on October 2, of which most dates are now sold out. The shows would be impossible to perform without their guitarist. However, a spokesperson for the band told nme.com this morning that the tour would not be affected and he insisted that Buckland was not, as rumoured, suffering from the debilitating condition of glandular fever.
“Jon has some sort of viral infection, definitely not glandular fever,” he said. “He is at home in north Wales at the moment resting. We are expecting a full recovery before the tour. Dates will not be affected in any way.”
Buckland’s illness first became public two weeks ago (September 1) when he pulled out of the Pilton Party – Michael Eavis‘ annual thank you concert to local residents for helping with the Glastonbury Festival. Chris Martin was forced instead to play an eight-song solo set. It later emerged that Buckland had been ill for some time previously. Earlier that week he struggled through the recording of a live performance for Steve Lamacq’s Evening Session on BBC Radio 1, vomiting constantly between each song.