With New Order about halfway through a short North American tour, frontman Bernard Sumner today announced on the band’s website that he has suffered a fracture in one of his legs, and while he says he is in pain while performing on stage and “physically unable to give it my all,” the group is not canceling the remainder of its tour.
In the short statement — which can be seen below — Sumner does not reveal how he broke his leg, but he does ask for fans to be understanding of the limits on his performance.
New Order opened the tour July 19 in Austin, Texas, and has performed in Atlanta, Brooklyn and Philadelphia in the past week. Tonight the band is scheduled to play in Columbia, Md., and has a show in Boston this coming week before performing at the Lollapalooza and Osheaga festivals in, respectively, Chicago and Montreal.
Bernard’s Message to New Order’s North American Fans
I have just been diagnosed with a bone fracture in my leg. Don’t worry I’m not going to cancel the North American tour. I wouldn’t do that. It just means that when I go on stage I am in pain and physically unable to give it my all. It’s frustrating and makes performing very difficult but I’m doing the best that I can and ask for your understanding of the situation. As I was leaving a hotel one of the doormen said “Break a leg” apparently that’s just what I have done ouch! Thank you I hope y’all still enjoy the shows.
New Order North American tour dates:
July 28: Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
July 31: Bank of America Pavilion, Boston, MA
Aug. 2: Lollapalooza, Chicago, IL
Aug. 4: Osheaga Festival, Montreal, Quebec
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