Royal Blood postpone further tour dates due to illness

They have pulled gigs in Spain and Portugal on 'medical advice'

Royal Blood have had to postpone further tour dates due to illness.

The duo recently had to pull shows in Portsmouth, Oxford and Bristol, as singer Mike Kerr was suffering from “severe tonsillitis”. The band have now had to postpone more gigs in mainland Europe on ‘medical advice’, with appearances in Milan (November 18), Barcelona (20), Madrid (21) and Lisbon (22) all affected. A statement released by the group reads: “Customers are advised to retain their tickets and await further information with regard to rescheduled dates which will be planned and announced as quickly as possible. We wish to sincerely apologise to all ticket holders for the inconvenience and disappointment this has caused.”

Royal Blood’s postponed UK dates have now been rescheduled for December 19 (Bristol Bierkeller), January 7, 2015 (Portsmouth Pyramids) and January 8 (Oxford O2 Academy).

The band reached Number One with their self-titled debut in August. The first-week sales figures made it the fastest-selling rock debut album since Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ self-titled release in 2011.

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Speaking to NME Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl said that the band’s album was “so encouraging” for rock music. Royal Blood will be supporting the band at their stadium shows in the UK next summer.

“I saw some live footage of them, and I was so excited to see a band that was heavy, had riffs, had songs, and could really perform, and an audience that was genuinely excited to watch them play,” said Grohl. “And then someone tells me that the album went to Number One, and for another guy with a guitar to see another guy with a guitar getting the Number One record, it’s so encouraging. Not that I think that rock’n’roll is the only type of music, but in this day and age it’s good to see it fucking show its face now and then. And it’s a good record, I’m excited about that.”