Health problems have forced Silverchair to cancel two shows in Australia, but the band's manager says sell-out dates in New York and Europe in early June will go on as planned. Guitarist Daniel Johns'

Health problems have forced Silverchair to cancel two shows in Australia, but the band's manager says sell-out dates in New York and Europe in early June will go on as planned. Guitarist Daniel Johns' reactive arthritis has flared up again, to the point where he finds it difficult to even hold a guitar.

Ironically, yesterday's (May 22) canceled show in Hobart, Tasmania was rescheduled from the band's March tour due to John's problem. The second show, scheduled for Monday, was to be a benefit for the Sydney homeless shelter the Wesley Mission. The concert has been rescheduled to July 15.

"Silverchair have always felt a very strong obligation to meet the commitments they make to people so this situation is frustrating and upsetting for all concerned," says manager John Watson. "Daniel's inability to perform these dates could diminish the band's previously impeccable reputation for never cancelling shows. It will also cost them a great deal of money so it's not a decision that has been made lightly. However, given how much pain Daniel has been suffering in the last few days and the problem with his hand there was simply no choice."

Johns' reactive arthritis is caused by a severe reaction to an underlying virus. The disease causes swelling of the joints and considerable pain. People who suffer from it usually make a full recovery in three months, but Johns, who was diagnosed with the disease in December, has still not shaken it off.

In March he was unable to walk on some days. By April, he had recovered enough for Silverchair to play in New Zealand and make some TV appearances. But as Australia moves into winter, the arthritis has returned, and moved into other joints including his left hand. Last weekend, Johns admitted himself to a hospital in his Newcastle hometown for an intense three-day course of treatment that had been recommended by his specialist.

As previously reported, Silverchair's next album, "Diorama," is due July 30 in North America under a new deal with Atlantic. "This is our third comeback," Johns told Billboard. "I think we're going to be like Kiss and just increase the amount of makeup as we go on."

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