OMD, circa 2013

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark announced it will cancel the remainder of its North American tour — concerts that had been planned for Detroit, Minneapolis and Chicago over the next five days — after drummer Malcolm Holmes suffered a medical emergency that forced the band to cut short tonight’s show at Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall.

According to fan accounts posted on OMD’s Facebook page, about 90 minutes into the show, frontman Andy McCluskey announced that Holmes could no longer play, and therefore the band couldn’t finish the show in what was described as a sweltering club.

McCluskey later announced on the OMD website’s forum that Holmes “is going to be OK,” but that the band would have to cancel the last three concerts of North American tour, which began earlier this month at the same venue in Toronto. He did not elaborate on Holmes’ medical issues.

His full message:

Malcolm is going to be OK.. he had to go to hospital. Martin went with him to keep us posted. But At this moment I have heard that he is doing OK but needs to be checked over.

I cannot say any more at this time.

However, all the remaining USA concerts.. Detroit, Minneapolis and Chicago are going to have to be cancelled.

We are sorry but Malcolm is too important and we cannot put his health in further jeopardy..

There will be further updates.


OMD this past spring released English Electric, the band’s follow-up to 2010 comeback album History of Modern, which was OMD’s first new record since 1996’s Universal and its first with its classic lineup — original members McCluskey and Paul Humphreys, plus longtime sidemen Holmes and Martin Cooper — since 1986’s The Pacific Age.

In addition to the canceled U.S. shows, OMD has three other festival appearances planned this summer in Scotland, Belgium and Portugal. It’s not clear yet whether those will go on as planned.

UPDATE: OMD has now canceled the rest of its 2013 shows, including the Rewind Festival next week, as Malcolm Homes recovers from “heat exhaustion.”

The band’s statement:

We are sorry to inform you that Malcolm was taken ill during last nights show in Toronto. He’s currently being treated for heat exhaustion in hospital but is recovering well. Sadly however we have to cancel the remaining shows of the year (including Rewind festival). Please accept our sincere apologies, we really appreciate your understanding at this very difficult time. We will give you more news on Malcolm as and when.


OMD tour dates:

July 20: Saint Andrew’s Hall, Detroit, MI, USA
July 22: Varsity Theatre, Minneapolis, MN, USA
July 23: Metro, Chicago, IL, USA
July 28: Rewind Festival, Scotland, UK
Aug. 30: Tempo! Festival, Ciney, Belgium
Sept. 6: Festival ERP Remember, Cascais, Portugal






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