Following the cancellation of their February and March UK tour, The Black Keys have pulled all performances up to April 23.
The cancellations are due to the shoulder injury sustained by drummer Patrick Carney in January. Carney was slammed to the ocean floor by a wave while holidaying on the Caribbean island of St Barts, and taken to hospital for treatment under anaesthesia. According to Billboard, it is understood that Carney is battling a post-operative infection.
A statement from the band reads: “We are very sorry to have to cancel our upcoming performances through April 23. Patrick sustained a dislocated and broken shoulder in January that required surgery.
“Working with the doctors, surgeons and physiotherapists since January, we had expected Patrick to be ready to return to touring in April. The recovery process and physical therapy has taken longer than anticipated and unfortunately Patrick is still unable to perform and needs additional time to heal.
“We thank all of our fans for their ongoing support and we look forward to getting back on the road as soon as possible.”
The cancelled dates include eight shows in Australia, two in New Zealand and two in Japan. The band are expected to be back on the road for the following European dates:
Barcelona Primavera Sound (May 28)
Athens Rockwave Festival (30)
Isle Of Wight Festival (June 12)
Aarhus Northside Festival (14)