Las Vegas rockers the Killers have canceled a handful of gigs in Australia, due to the illness of one band member's family. In late January, the quartet canceled a tour of Asia for the same reason.
"The Killers had hoped that the Australian leg of their current tour would be completed as planned, but due to the severity of the illness of a close family member, they regretfully announce the cancellation of their Sydney Enmore show as well as their shows at Good Vibrations Festival Sydney and Good Vibrations Festival Perth this weekend," the band explained on Killers.com
As of press time, the Killers are still scheduled for their Good Vibrations performances in the Gold Coast and Melbourne next weekend, Feb. 20-21.
The news arrives amid rumors the band is on the verge of an indefinite hiatus.
Last April an insider reportedly said the band was "sick of the sight of each other." Then, in January 2010, guitarist Dave Keuning said that the Killers' Aussie trek would be their "last shows for a while."
"It's like people expect us to [tour and record] non-stop till we die," he continued, "but we just want a little bit of time off, just to be myself and do what I want to do for a little bit."
In the post about the canceled gigs, the Killers set the record straight:
"The Killers would also like to take this opportunity to assure their fans that any concerns about the future of the band are unfounded. They are all looking forward to some time off at the end of this tour as they have been on the road for a long time, but there are no plans for an indefinite hiatus."