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Snow Patrol forced to cancel more shows with Johnny McDaid requiring surgery for neck problem

Johnny McDaid. (Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX)
Johnny McDaid. (Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX)

Snow Patrol has been forced to cancel a series of shows with guitarist and piano player Johnny McDaid requiring surgery.

The news comes after the band was forced to pull out of three shows last month after guitarist Nathan Connnolly sustained a hand injury.

In a statement the band said: "Our dear brother, piano and guitar player Johnny McDaid has a serious problem with his neck and after consulting with some top neurosurgeons they are all in agreement that the only course of action is immediate surgery.

"We are all of course worried about our brother Johnny. He is a force of nature and a giant light in our lives on stage and off and we of course will give him all the time and support he needs to recover.

"Johnny has been incredible in the wake of this news and has remained calm at a time when a lot of people might freak out.

"As for the upcoming shows: to replace Johnny it would take at least two people and with Nathan still out with nerve damage (he is slowly on the mend) he is also still unable to play guitar we feel it’s just not appropriate to continue with shows at this stage.

"It isn’t just their guitars and pianos that would be missed. Their backing vocals are essential to our sound and their energy and spirits are colossal and are irreplaceable forces."

Snow Patrol have cancelled all forthcoming shows billed to play in Europe this summer up to Latitude on July 20th to give both men time to recover.

The statement continued:  "As the doctors have said Nathan needs another 4 weeks recovery we are sure that we will be able to do the acoustic tour of Asia, Australia and New Zealand in August as Nathan will very likely be healed in time.

"We will of course keep you informed of both Nathan’s and Johnny’s progress.

"We have hardly ever cancelled shows in 25 years together and we don’t do it lightly. We hope you all understand. We are sorry to miss the shows but health is the most important thing. All our love and healing to our brothers Johnny and Nathan."

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