The reunited original lineup of Killing Joke is due to start a tour of Australia and New Zealand this week, but will be down a man: Drummer Paul Ferguson today announced he’s sitting out the six-date trek due to acute tendonitis, not from drumming, but, rather, from hours of “concentrated scalpel use whilst restoring ancient sculptures.”
The rest of the band — Jaz Coleman, Kevin “Geordie” Walker and Martin “Youth” Glover, plus keyboardist Reza Udhin — will be joined by Axewound drummer Jason Bowld for the dates in Australia and New Zealand, which begin Thursday in Brisbane and wrap up June 14 in Wellington.
Read Ferguson’s full announcement:
Dear Friends and Gatherers,
I am extremely disappointed to have to announce that I am unable to participate in the upcoming Australia/New Zealand Killing Joke tour.
I’ve been suffering from an increasingly acute tendonitis, no doubt brought on by hours on concentrated scalpel use whilst restoring ancient sculptures. Nothing to do with my using the wrong end of heavy drum sticks, nor twisting my arm drilling granite, swinging a hammer and chisel, nor my years of blacksmithing! Anyway, right now I can barely hold a cup of tea. Raising my arm or reaching causes pain and I have little grip; I’ve dropped more than just the beat recently. So per doctor’s orders, all such activities must cease until, with therapy, my arm recovers.
My sincere apologies to all.
I’m grateful to Jason Bowld for stepping in for me.
I’ve been thoroughly enjoying being back with Jaz, Geordie and Youth and Reza’s great to have around. The shows have been tremendous and I look forward, upon my recovery, to making a new album and another chance to visit you all in the Antipodes.
Thanks for your support and, I hope, your understanding.
Paul – NYC.
Killing Joke tour dates:
June 6: Hi Fi, Brisbane, Australia
June 7: Billboard, Melbourne, Australia
June 8: Metro Theatre, Sydney, Australia
June 9: Rosemount, Perth, Australia
June 13: The Studio, Auckland, NZ
June 14: Bodega, Wellington, NZ
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