Concerts, Reunions — July 24, 2009 at 3:50 pm

Jane’s Addiction cancels Australian dates after drummer Stephen Perkins hospitalized

Jane's Addiction: Eric Avery, Dave Navarro, Perry Farrell, Stephen Perkins

Jane’s Addiction yesterday canceled the Australian leg of its reunion tour after drummer Stephen Perkins was hospitalized with an elbow infection, although the band is still planning to keep its Aug. 7 slot at Lollapalooza.

According to the band’s publicist, Perkins was admitted to Infectious Disease Ward at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles after the band returned from the European leg of its tour with Nine Inch Nails. Perkins — who experienced severe swelling and pain in his elbow — is expected to stay there for several days “for further diagnosis and observation while antibiotic treatment continues,” according to the band.

The group — touring with its original lineup for the first time in 17 years — had been scheduled to start a six-date Australian trek Saturday.

“I know how excited we were to come play in Australia, and how long the fans there have waited for this,” frontman Perry Farrell said in a statement. “I want everyone Down Under to know that we will come back as soon as we can.”


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