A swimming accident that injured drummer Neil Primrose has forced Scottish
rockers Travis to cancel a handful of European dates.
Primrose was knocked unconscious while swimming on Sunday and was rescued by
his bandmates singer/guitarist Fran Healy, bassist Douglas Payne and
guitarist Andy Dunlop according to a statement issued by the group.
The potentially fatal incident occurred after Travis concluded a week of
European shows with an appearance at the Belfort Festival in France.
"Whilst relaxing in the pool ... Primrose struck his head and was knocked
unconscious," the statement reads. "After realizing his predicament, other
band and crew members dragged Neil from the pool and gave him assistance. He
was taken by ambulance to the local hospital in Belfort to receive treatment
and undergo tests. Early indications suggest that Neil has sustained a
fracture on one of his vertebrae, and [he] is still in the hospital in
France undergoing further tests."
The band has canceled appearances in Italy and France scheduled for next
week. They had been touring behind The Invisible Band, last year's
collection of earnest, mellow anthems that includes the singles "Sing" and
A spokesperson for Epic, the band's U.S. label, said the group could not be
reached for comment.