NewsNovember 20, 2008 4:45 PM ET2,548 views

Evile guitarist breaks jaw, band cancels tour

Official press release: Ol Drake, lead guitarist of UK thrashers Evile fractured his jaw last night after the band's show in Rotterdam, Netherlands supporting Satyricon. Evile frontman Matt Drake comments: "Ol collapsed last night and fractured his jaw and split his chin on the ground. Luckily his beard absorbed some of the blow. He's been in hospital and had X-rays and been stitched up, but he's unable to play - he can't really move - he's a mess. Ol doesn't drink, it seems to be some medical problem that's being investigated. They did an ECG and we're awaiting results. Unfortunately we're having to pull out of the tour to get home to the UK where Ol can recuperate and have some follow-up tests. "We apologise to all our fans and to anyone planning to see us at the shows. As you can imagine we're devastated we can't play, but Ol's health comes first and that's currently our priority. We will update our fans through the MySpace with news when we're back home. We won't be on any of the Satyricon tour from today." Evile plan to resume touring duties in 2009.

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