The Julie Ruin Cancels Tour Dates Over Kathleen Hanna's Lyme Disease

Shervin Lainez
The Julie Ruin

Feminist punk icon Kathleen Hanna is doing her best to recover from a nasty bout with Lyme Disease. But getting better means canceling a slew of North American and European tour dates this summer.

Today, the Julie Ruin announced the cancellation of 27 tour dates so their singer can focus on recovery. According to a press release, Hanna recently suffered a relapse of the disease and her doctors suggested an immediate three-month treatment plan, which will not allow her to be on the road.

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Hanna revealed her struggles with Lyme Disease in last year's documentary "The Punk Singer." In the film, she confessed that this was the real reason she discontinued her old band Le Tigre, not creative issues, as previously reported.

The press release assures that the band is confident Hanna will experience a full recovery, allowing them to tour again in the future.  However, no formal plans for rescheduling have been announced.

Hanna plays in the Julie Ruin along with bassist Kathi Wilcox, a holdover from Hanna's days in the highly influential riot grrrl band Bikini Kill. The quintet also features keyboardist Kenny Mellman, guitarist Sara Landeau and drummer Carmine Covelli.

The following Julie Ruin dates have been cancelled:

May 17: Hamburg, Germany Kampnagel (KMH)
May 18: Berlin, Germany (Bi Nuu)
May 20: Brussels, Belgium (Les Nuits de Botanique)
May 22: London, England (Tufnell Park Dome)
May 24: Leeds, England (Brudenell Social Club)
May 26: Brighton, England (Coalition)
May 27: Paris, France (La Flèche D'Or)
May 28: Lyon, France (Nuits Sonores)
May 30: Barcelona, Spain (Primavera Sound Festival 2014)
June 18-22: Calgary, Alberta (Sled Island Music & Arts Festival)
July 11: New York, NY (4 Knots Festival)
July 19: Chicago, IL (Pitchfork Music Festival)
July 20: Minneapolis, MN (Triple Rock)
July 23: Vancouver, BC (Biltmore)
July 25: Portland, OR (Crystal Ballroom)
July 26 Seattle WA (The Capitol Hill Block Party)
Aug. 1: Vienna, Austrria (WUK)
Aug. 3: Katowice, Poland (OFF Festival)
Aug. 4: Berlin, Germany (Privateclub)
Aug. 5: Helsinki, Finland (Kuudes Linja)
Aug. 7: Oslo, Norway (Oya Festivalen)
Aug. 8: Göteborg, Sweden (Way Out West)
Aug. 9: Copenhagen, Denmark (Pumpehuset)
Aug. 11: Amsterdam, Netherlands (Paradiso)
Aug. 13: Glasgow, Scotland (CCA)
Aug. 14: London, England (Electric Ballroom)
Aug. 16: St Malo, France (Route du Rock)


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