Belgian EBM legends Front 242 canceled a pair of planned concerts in their native country this weekend after Jean-Luc De Meyer was hospitalized, announcing in a short Facebook post that the frontman’s “health is worrying.”
The group did not elaborate on what sort of health issue De Meyer, who is in his mid-60s, was suffering from. The De Kreun concert hall in the Belgian city of Kortrijk confirmed on its website the Friday and Saturday night concerts were canceled “due to illness.”
Front 242’s announcement on Facebook:
It is with great regret and sadness that Front 242 must cancel the 2 concerts of 01 and 02 April 2022 in Kortrijk De Kreun (Belgium).
Our singer Jean-Luc De Meyer was hospitalized last night and his health is worrying.
We are aware that all our fans were looking forward to this concert and we are all disappointed.
Let’s all keep our hearts with Jean-Luc.
Wax Trax! Records’ Facebook page posted a message of support from Julia Nash, daughter of the record store/label’s co-founder Jim Nash: “Jean-Luc, your Wax Trax! family is sending massive amounts of love and healing vibes your way for strength and a speedy return to health.”
The group has extensive touring plans for the spring and summer, including an eight-date North American run this month, followed by concerts in Europe through July. The group also is co-headlining the 10th annual Cold Waves festival in Chicago with Nitzer Ebb this September.
See Front 242’s North American tour dates below.
Front 242 North American tour dates
April 13: Skullys, Columbus, OH
April 14: Mr. Smalls, Pittsburgh, PA
April 16: Espace SAT, Montreal, QC
April 17: Danforth Hall, Toronto, ON
April 20: Imperial Bell, Quebec City, QC
April 22: Starlite Theater, Edmonton, AB
April 23: Dickens, Calgary, AB
April 24: The Rickshaw, Vancouver, BC
Sept. 22-25: Cold Waves X, Chicago IL
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- Front 242, Nitzer Ebb to headline 10th edition of Chicago’s Cold Waves festival
- Front 242 returning to U.S. for 13-date ‘Black to Square One’ tour this fall
- Cold Waves’ Wax Trax! Showcase in L.A. to feature Front 242, The Young Gods and more
- Front 242, Stabbing Westward, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult headlining Cold Waves IX
- Front 242 announces 12-date ‘Circling Overland’ tour of North America this fall