Glass Animals has canceled an upcoming tour, including an appearance at the 2018 Float Festival after their drummer, Joe Seaward, got into a vehicular collision.
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On Thursday, July 13, the indie rock band posted a lengthy letter to fans on Facebook to give an update about the instrumentalist's condition, as well as apologize for the cancelation of their shows.
"last monday my best friend and our drummer joe was hit by a truck while on his bike here in dublin," Dave Bayley, the band's frontman, wrote. "his leg was broken on impact and he became tangled in the truck's trailer where his skull suffered a complex fracture. miraculously and thankfully, he is alive."
He also disclosed that Seaward has undergone several surgeries in the past two weeks, one of which was to reshape the part of his skull that has collapsed because of the collision. While Bayley said that the surgery went well, the vocalist and guitarist added that part of Seaward's brain that is responsible for speech has been bruised. He assured fans, however, that Seaward is recovering steadily.
Glass Animals Cancels Shows
However, the accident means that the indie rock band will not be able to make it to their upcoming tour in order to allow Seaward to recover.
"we are very sorry to say that, because of all of this, we will be cancelling our remaining shows this year. joe's injuries are highly unlikely to heal in time to make any of them," the post concluded. " i sincerely hope you understand. we will be back as soon as we can, and stronger than ever."
The Oxford-based band has a couple of shows planned throughout Europe and North America that kicks off next week, July 18. They are also set to make appearances at several summer music festivals including the Mad Cool in Spain and Float Festival in the United States.
Meanwhile, Float Festival, which is scheduled for next weekend, unveiled that Cold War Kids will be replacing Glass Animals.
We hope for Joe Seaward's speedy recovery and our hearts are with the @GlassAnimals family pic.twitter.com/IJfwIHGeLv — Float Fest (@FloatFest) July 12, 2018
Glass Animals released their second and most recent album, How to be a Human Being, back in 2016. It spawned hits such as "Life Itself" and "Youth," both of which entered the Billboard Hot Rock Songs. The album has also been nominated at the Mercury Prize.