Josh Morgan, drummer in The Subways, has taken a temporary leave of absence from the band as he battles Aspergers Syndrome.
The band released their new, self-titled album earlier this month and are due to embark on a lengthy tour of Europe to promote the release. However, as confirmed in a statement issued to the press earlier today (February 16), Morgan will be replaced for the live dates as he is unable to take to the stage due to stage fright brought on by Aspergers Syndrome.
The statement reads: “On the current tour to promote their recent album release The Subways’ drummer Josh has been struggling with debilitating stage fright brought on by his battle with Aspergers Syndrome. This is something that he has struggled with in the past but it has recently become significantly worse. The band have made the hard decision that Josh is to take a leave of absence for the near future to get professional advice to get him back on stage and rocking as soon as possible. In his absence the band have asked a professional drummer and close friend to temporarily step in to keep the show on the road. The first show where this change will take affect will be in Dresden on 17th February. Billy, Charlotte, management, crew and the whole Subways family wish Josh a speedy return and will be working hard to achieve this.”
Among the affected dates will be The Subways forthcoming UK tour. They will appear at:
Birmingham, Temple (March 23)
Manchester, Academy 3 (24)
Leeds, Brudenell Social Club (25)
Glasgow, Oran Mor (26)
Sunderland, Independent (28)
Nottingham, Rescue Rooms (29)
Bristol, Thekla (31)
Norwich, Waterfront (April 1)
London, Shepherds Bush Empire (2)
More information on Aspergers Syndrome visit www.autism.org.uk