Travis has pulled out of a planned headlining appearance next month at the U.K.'s V2002 festival while drummer Neil Primrose recovers from a spinal injury.
Travis has pulled out of a planned headlining appearance next month at the U.K.'s V2002 festival while drummer Neil Primrose recovers from a spinal injury. As previously reported, Primrose fractured several vertebrae in a swimming accident in France earlier this month, necessitating the cancellation of four shows.
Primrose had surgery in France and was returned to the U.K. last week, according to the band's official Web site. "During the operation, he had two discs removed between vertebrae C5 & C6," the site said. "A bone graft from his hip was placed in a small internal metal cage which was then secured to support the fractured vertebrae."
Even though Primrose "is showing a better than anticipated improvement," the artist's surgeon has ordered him to refrain from drumming for at least eight weeks.
"Whilst we are hugely disappointed not be appearing at this year's V2002 festival, we feel that under the circumstances it would be wholly inappropriate to replace Neil while he continues to recover," the band said. "After weeks of uncertainty, we are relieved to learn that Neil is expected to make a full recovery. We are sure Travis fans will agree that without Neil Primrose, Travis is incomplete."
"I am feeling sad not to be able to play at this year's big show," Primrose added. "I would like to send lots of love and thanks to everyone for their recent messages of good will. The good news is, hopefully a full recovery can be achieved over the next few months."