Fred Durst's injury forces the band to scrap five European dates altogether...

LIMP BIZKIT have released an official statement confirming that their June 24 MILTON KEYNES BOWL show is off, as is their DUBLIN performance (June 26) and three other dates in Germany and Switzerland.

As exclusively revealed by NME.COM earlier today (June 18), a back injury to frontman Fred Durst is being blamed for the cancellations. There are no plans to reschedule the shows.

The statement reads: “Lead singer Fred Durst has suffered an increasingly painful and distressing back injury. After consultation with a number of doctors and orthopaedic specialists over the past ten days, Durst was told that a ‘mandatory’ rest period of at least two weeks was needed from all physical activities to allow the injury, identified by MRI as a ‘stress fracture to the fifth lumbar vertebrae’ to begin to heal. He will then undergo a period of gradual recovery and physical rehabilitation.

“Unfortunately due to prior commitments and scheduling problems, the remaining five dates in Germany, Switzerland, Britain and Eire are unlikely to be rescheduled at this time.

“This, having been the bands longest and most successful tour to date ,has made the cancellation all the more difficult for the band.”

In conclusion, thanking fans for their support, the band make what must be assumed to be a Freudian slip, saying they are grateful the tour was such an “outstanding and forgettable experience”.