If you were planning on seeing Cage the Elephant later this month when the group was slated to take over several United Kingdom and European venues, then you may be waiting a little longer. On Wednesday (June 12), the Tennessee-founded band made the disappointing news that they would no longer be able to make it across the pond for the impending performances.
The reason? An onstage accident at this past weekend’s PINKPOP festival in the Netherlands. What exactly happened is unknown, but guitarist Nick Bockrath did sustain a leg injury which will require him to sit out a slew of shows.
“We regret to inform the fans that Cage the Elephant will be cancelling the upcoming European tour dates from 12 June to 20 June,” the band said in the statement.
“Sadly, our guitarist Nick Bockrath had an accident onstage at ‘PINKPOP’ and injured his leg badly (ruptured PCL, torn ACL, fractured tibia, damaged meniscus). He tried to play through two shows, but he now requires immediate surgery and is currently getting the medical attention he needs.”
As per the press statement, ticket refunds for all the United Kingdom and European shows (except for England’s Isle of Wight Festival) are available at the original point of purchase.
While it seems like Cage the Elephants international shows may be off the table, for the time being, it does not appear like they will be forced to cancel their joint “Night Running” North America tour with Beck.
The North American outing begins on July 11 at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Ridgefield, Washington and concludes about a month and a half later on Aug. 30 at the Coral Sky Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Both the cancelled tour dates and the upcoming shows are in support of Cage the Elephant’s recently released record, Social Cues.