Snow Patrol has decided to cancel this weekend’s performance at Glastonbury, instead of replacing ‘force of nature’ Johnny McDaid.
The band was forced to pull out of all the forthcoming shows in Europe until July, including a scheduled performance on The Other Stage at Worthy Farm on Friday.
Singer, piano and guitar player Johnny will undergo ‘immediate surgery’ for ‘a serious problem with his neck’ and his bandmates want him to have the ‘time and support’ to recover.
In a statement on Tuesday night, Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody said they were ‘worried about their brother’ who remained calm after meeting with top neurosurgeons.
They said it would take two men to replace the ‘force of nature and a giant light’ in their on-and-off stage lives.
Snow Patrol is already a man down, after Nathan Connolly was treated for nerve damage after ‘losing the power’ in his hand.
Last week, the band made the decision to replaced Nathan with dear friend Iain Archer but this latest blow has put the four-piece out of action until at least Latitude festival in mid-July.
Issuing an apology to the fans, Snow Patrol said they had barely cancelled one show in 25 years.
News of McDaid’s injury has come as a shock to many, not least his long-term partner Courteney Cox who has been dating the musician for the last six years.
Neither Johnny nor Courteney has released personal statements since the band announcement.
This year’s Glastonbury presents a typically diverse line-up with the likes of Liam Gallagher, Janet Jackson, Stormzy, Christine and the Queens and Miley Cyrus featured on various stages.
Playing for the first time at Glasto, Snow Patrol was due to perform at 6pm, the same time as Lauryn Hill is on the Pyramid Stage.
They have now been replaced by British band The Charlatans.
Snow Patrol statement on Johnny McDaid
We are sorry to have to announce the cancelation of more shows.
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) so 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.
Am sure you all understand that at this point the most important thing is to take time to let our brothers heal and recover so we need to cancel the forthcoming shows we are billed to play in Europe this summer up to Latitude on the 20th of July to give them both time to recover.
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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