DBT's Hood explains bagging tour, Cooley injured
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
– Drive-By Truckers lead singer Patterson Hood posted a message on Facebook explaining that fellow DBTer hit his head and needed stitches earlier this week, leading to the cancellation of the rest of the band's European tour.
In his post, Hood wrote, "Just so everyone knows, Cooley's ok. I'm ok. Everyone's ok."
"It's been a rough as hell one, a triumphant and great bunch of shows, successful across the board as any tour ever. As good as some parts were it has also been a brutal tour, I got sick around Manchester and have pretty much felt like shit through most of this tour, getting better then relapsing. The entire band went through it, except Cooley (that fucker never gets sick, 25 years and he's never canceled a show)."
"HOWEVER: Monday night, after a nap and a nice dinner, Cooley fainted on his way back to his room and hit his head. He was seen by paramedics and went to a hospital for stitches and some tests. He appears to be ok, overall, but with some exhaustion and dehydration, plus a nasty bump on head. We were advised to end tour and go home.
"We will be flying home today. I'm so thrilled to be going home, but also very upset to be canceling shows and bummed about ending such a hugely successful year on such an awkward note. Our previous visits to Scandinavia have been incredible and we were really excited to be ending our tour up there.
"As hard as it is I do feel like we're doing the right thing. We have a crazy year ahead of us and have really been hitting it super hard playing all these shows all year touring behind The Big To-Do while making and finishing up Go-Go Boots. We have always been a band that erred on the side of ambitiousness and I wear that proudly. Sometimes that catches up with us and I feel like that is what has happened to us this week.
"We also hate to miss Christmas Jam and appreciate Warren's understanding and wish them the best of luck with the show." Hood was referring to Warren Hayne's annual Christmas shindig.
"Get them Go-Go Boots Ready, for DBT will Rise Again. See y'all in NYC for New Year's.
Shows were canceled in:
Tuesday, Nov. 30 - Odense, Denmark
Wednesday, Dec. 1 - Gothenburg, Sweden
Thursday, Dec. 2 - Malmo, Sweden
Friday, Dec. 3 - Stockholm, Sweden
Saturday, Dec. 4 - Oslo, Norway
DBT continues touring Saturday, Dec. 11 in Asheville, N.C. with a sold-out show.
Other upcoming shows are:
Thursday, Dec 30 - Brooklyn, N.Y
Friday, Dec. 31 - New York
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