Frontiers RecordsAsia has been forced to cancel the U.K. leg this of its 30th anniversary tour this month because drummer Carl Palmer has taken ill. Founding Emerson, Lake & Palmer member is suffering from a serious case of E. coli.
The prog-rock supergroup, which also features Yes guitarist Steve Howe, Yes/ex-Buggles keyboardist Geoff Downes and former King Crimson singer/bassist John Wetton, has nixed all seven of its scheduled U.K. dates. The trek was to have kicked off this Saturday in Tavistock, England, and had been scheduled to run through a December 22 concert in London. Tickets for the performances will be refunded where they were purchased.
Palmer has posted a long message on Asia's official website sending out his "deepest apologies" to fans for having to pull out of the shows.
"I have always been proud of the fact that I have never cancelled a tour in my professional career, in 47 years as a musician," he writes. "It had always been a personal goal of mine to maintain this feat, now sadly lost."
He adds, "I would like to thank all of the people involved, including the promoters and all of the management involved in helping me through this terrible experience I am going through with E-coli. The messages and support from band mates have been so warm."
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