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Meshuggah Cancels Upcoming Scandinavian Tour

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Meshuggah has cancelled their upcoming Scandinavian tour due to drummer Tomas Haake's hirneated disc. A message on the band's web site reads:

"We're VERY VERY sorry to have to bring you these news, but we have to cancel the upcoming Scandinavian dates!

"Tomas has had some back-related problems lately. Problems that have been messing with his right foot/leg when playing drums!

"Tomas did an MRI about a week ago and the results came back early this week. Seems he has a hirneated disc in his lower back and this is what's been causing problems for him when playing!

"Tomas reports that he has no pains or real discomforts from this just the fact that his right foot doesn't seem to 'act out' what Tomas' brain is telling it to do! It seems this is a quite common symptom when having a hirneated disc in this (lumbar) area of the back, since the protruding part of the 'broken' disc (depending on hirnea location) can put pressure on the sciatic and nearby nerves!

"Tomas says the bands' focus right now, is to try to get surgery done a.s.a.p, so this condition doesn't affect the upcoming summer shows and festivals in Europe!

"Tomas also says: 'To all Scandinavian Meshuggah fans that have bought tickets to see the upcoming shows, the whole band is sorry about this, but we need to sound and play our best when you guys come out to see us! With this music there's really no room for half-measures and sloppy bassdrum work! But that's what's happening with this hirneated disc it messes with my control of my right foot and even though it's possible to get through a show, it just sounds like crap as my right foot/leg won't really do what I mean for it to do which is VERY frustrating to say the least!!

"We're sincerely sorry about this and we trust and know that you guys can appreciate our take on this and the fact that we need to look to the future of Meshuggah and try our best to make sure we don't run into this problem again!"

Meshuggah is scheduled to appear at the following festivals:

Jun. 12 Donington Park, England - Download Festival
Jun. 26 Gothenburg, Sweden - Metaltown Festival
Jul. 11 Nijmegen, Holland - Fortarock Festival
Jul. 12 Krakow, Poland - Knock Out Festival
Jul. 18 Hultsfred, Sweden -Sonisphere Festival
Jul. 24 Lorca, Spain - Lorca Rock Festival

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1. Jenny writes:

That must suck! Good to hear that Tomas might be getting surgery done; hopefully that will help. I have to agree that situations such as these are VERY frustrating indeed.

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2. bbristowe writes:

Aw damn. Hope this doesn't affect his stamina. I have to hear bleed live once in my life!!!!

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