Glass Animals have been forced to cancel their tour dates for the remainder of 2018 as drummer Joe Seaward was injured in a bike accident in Dublin.
The announcement comes direct from the band’s official Instagram page where a statement appears in a gallery of images along with the caption: “love x”.
“Last Monday my best friend, and our drummer Joe, was hit by a truck while on his bike here in Dublin. His leg was broken on impact and he became tangled in the truck’s trailer where his skull suffered a complex fracture. Miraculously, and thankfully, he is alive.”
“After a couple of long operations he is now on the road to recovery. It’s going to be a long, difficult, and winding road, but knowing how determined Joe is, and seeing how much his body has recovered already in the past 10 days, I am so optimistic that he will make it back to his cheeky old self.”“The neurosurgery consisted of reshaping part of his skull that had collapsed and been compressed into the brain by the weight of the truck’s trailer. The operation was successful, but the collapsed skull had bruised and damaged the area of the brain responsible for speech. Initially Joe was only able to get out one word… ‘I’… But each day, he is finding more.”
Singer Dave Bayley also confirmed in a series of further posts that all future tour dates have been called off, adding:
“Joe’s injuries are highly unlikely to heal in time to make any of them. I wish more than anything that this accident hadn’t happened and that Joe was ok and that we would still be coming to hang with you all, but life has thrown something horribly sad and unexpected at us, and we need to do everything in our power to conquer it and get Joe back on his feet.”
“I sincerely hope you understand. We will be back as soon as we can, and stronger than ever.”
The band recently cancelled their support dates with Beck and dates at the Pohoda, Open’er and Mad Cool festival.