Papa Roach have canceled the second leg of their Raid the Nation tour because of a wrist injury sustained by drummer David Buckner.
“It’s unfortunate that this had to happen,” Buckner said in a written statement. “This is a huge disappointment for us … and no doubt our fans.”
The condition of Buckner’s left wrist has gotten increasingly worse throughout the Raid the Nation trek, which began March 16 in New Orleans (see “Papa Roach Tour To Infest U.S., Starting In March” ). After an April 22 show in Toronto, the band will head home so that Buckner can heal in accordance with the advice of his doctors, the band’s publicist said.
“This condition is something that I’ve been struggling with since last year,” Buckner said, “and I hope to have this diagnosed [and] treated and be back to 100 percent before Ozzfest.”
The 13-date second leg of Raid the Nation, which was to include openers Fear Factory and Alien Ant Farm, was scheduled to begin April 24 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and wind down May 11 in Phoenix. Afterward, Papa Roach are slated to perform at two radio festivals — May 12 in Las Vegas and May 19 in Chicago — commitments their publicist said they will still fulfill.
Papa Roach will then head to Europe to play a short string of concerts and festivals before returning to the states to rock the main stage of Ozzfest, which begins June 8 in Chicago (see “Ozzfest: Complete Itinerary Annouced” ).
Not to disappoint fans, Fear Factory plan to hit the outing’s scheduled markets, only in smaller venues, a band spokesperson said. It’s unknown what Alien Ant Farm will do during the unexpected break.