Music Feeds broke this story early yesterday afternoon, and now the Splendour crew have issued an official statement:
It is with disappointment that organisers confirm that JANE’S ADDICTION has cancelled tomorrow’s scheduled performance at SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS due to illness.
Jane’s Addiction’s management has confirmed that percussionist Stephen Perkins has been admitted to the Infectious Disease Ward at Cedar’s-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles for treatment of an infection in his elbow. Doctors expect to keep him there for the next few days for further diagnosis and observation while anti-biotic treatment continues. Fans are being asked not to worry as a full recovery is expected over the next few weeks.
The reformed original line-up of Jane’s Addiction had been on their first world tour in over 17 years and had just returned to Los Angeles from a successful European leg when the mysterious infection was discovered after Perkins noticed severe swelling and pain building in his elbow.
Regretfully the group’s Australian tour, due to start on Saturday, is forced to be cancelled at this time. Says lead singer Perry Farrell – “I know how excited we were to come play in Australia, and how long the fans there have waited for this. I want everyone Down under to know that we will come back as soon as we can.” Co-promoters Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco added, “We are saddened by the news that JANE’S ADDICTION will not be playing and they will be greatly missed at Splendour. We wish Stephen a speedy recovery.”
All is not lost however, with the organisers managing to recruit the services of some local Splendour allumni:
Replacing JANE’S ADDICTION at SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS, we are VERY excited to announce that THE LIVING END with their blazing riffs, big drums and hooks galore will step up to deliver their smack-in-the-face clenched-fist raw rock ‘n’ roll on Saturday evening.
For those punters not prepared to attend an addiction-less Splendour, they’re offering ticket refunds if submitted by the ticket holder before 10:00am AEST Saturday 25th July 2009 via the following means:
1. Online – by submitting your request at http://support.qjump.com.au
2. In person – by submitting your request at the Splendour In The Grass Festival Box Office.