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Jay Kay 'distraught' after postponing Jamiroquai gigs due to back problem

The singer said he wants to perform at “125% energy” but that he needs to recover first.

Jamiroquai frontman Jay Kay has said he is “distraught” at having to postpone the band’s two forthcoming London shows due to complications with his back.

They were due to perform at London’s O2 Arena on June 23 and 24, but due to the singer’s rehabilitation following a recent operation the shows have been moved to December 3 and 6.

Kay, 47, said he is feeling “very low” at having to delay the concerts and his “inability to perform properly”.

Attempting to rebuild like Automaton, the show must go on... #JamiroquaiLive2017

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In a statement on the band’s official Facebook page, he said: “It is with great regret that again I have to disappoint people due to the ongoing problem with my back.

“I have never felt so frustrated with a situation as I feel now, and I am desperate to get back to form.

“After two operations I am only marginally more active, and I know I could never give the 125% energy I need to give to you good people a super show.”

He said he is a “proud man” and is “asking for people’s patience”.

“I am distraught at this and am feeling very low.”

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Referring to the recent deaths of friends including the band’s original keyboardist, Toby Smith, Kay said: “2017 is turning out to be a tough year, with the loss of several close friends in quick succession and the inability to perform properly in the way I’ve been doing, and the only way I know how to, since I did my first gig at 17 years old.

“I want to thank all of you for the messages of support you have sent me. I can’t quite believe how kind you all are. A thousand thanks.”

The singer apologised to fans who had made plans to travel to the band’s shows in Paris, Athens and London, and promised he would return to perform the shows as the fans “deserve”.

He signed off his message “from a very wounded Buffalo”.

A statement from the acid-jazz band’s team confirmed that all tickets for the June shows will be valid for the rescheduled dates, but refunds are also available from the point of purchase.

Jay Kay is currently recuperating and in rehabilitation after his procedure last week and as a result has been advised to postpone the two shows later this month at the O2 Arena, London, which will now take place on Sunday the 3rd and Wednesday the 6th of December 2017. All tickets will remain valid for the rescheduled dates, and refunds if required are available from point of purchase. Please note that tickets for the postponed O2 show on Friday 23rd June will only be valid for the rescheduled show on Sunday 3rd December. Tickets for the O2 show on Saturday 24th June will only be valid for Wednesday 6th December. There are no plans at this stage for any additional shows to be affected. We wish to apologise to all ticket holders for any inconvenience caused, and Jay thanks you all for the continued support and understanding. -------- NOTE FROM JAY Hi J here It is with great regret that again I have to disappoint people due to the ongoing problem with my back. I have never felt so frustrated with a situation as I feel now, and I am desperate to get back to form. After two operations I am only marginally more active, and I know I could never give the 125% energy I need to give to you good people a super show. I am a proud man, and it breaks my heart to have to keep moving these performances and asking for people’s patience. I am distraught at this and am feeling very low. 2017 is turning out to be a tough year, with the loss of several close friends in quick succession and the inability to perform properly in the way I’ve been doing, and the only way I know how to, since I did my first gig at 17 years old. I want to thank all of you for the messages of support you have sent me. I can’t quite believe how kind you all are. A thousand thanks. I want to apologise to all of you who have no doubt made travel plans and taken time out to see us in Paris, Athens and London O2, but I give you my word - I promise you I will come back and give you the shows you deserve. Faster, harder and stronger. Thank you all so much once again for your unerring love and patience, your posts have really picked me up. From a very wounded Buffalo. Lots of love, Jx

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The statement said: “Jay Kay is currently recuperating and in rehabilitation after his procedure last week and as a result has been advised to postpone the two shows later this month at the O2 Arena, London, which will now take place on Sunday the 3rd and Wednesday the 6th of December 2017.

“Please note that tickets for the postponed O2 show on Friday 23rd June will only be valid for the rescheduled show on Sunday 3rd December. Tickets for the O2 show on Saturday 24th June will only be valid for Wednesday 6th December.”

In May, Kay told his fans in a post on Instagram that he had undergone a “stunningly painful” surgical procedure on his back, involving injections into his spinal discs.

Jamiroquai, known for tracks including Virtual Reality, Space Cowboy and Cosmic Girl, recently released their eighth album, Automaton.

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