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Drummer’s Health Forces Bloc Party to Cancel Panic! Tour

Matt Tong, whose lung collapsed while onstage last week in Atlanta, will need more time to recover, band says.

Bloc Party has opted to cancel the remainder of its dates opening for Panic! At the Disco due to the health of drummer Matt Tong, who suffered a collapsed lung during a performance last Thursday. “We would like to apologize to all of our fans here who won’t be able to see us on this tour,” frontman Kele Okereke said in a statement. “We were looking forward to playing in a number of American cities that we’ve never been to before, however, Matt’s health is our number one priority right now.” According to a spokesperson for the band, doctors have advised Tong not to travel or perform for at least a few weeks while his lung heals. Ticket refunds are available at point of purchase.

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