My Chemical Romance Cancel Shows After Drummer Is Hospitalized

Bob Bryar battling infection from burns sustained during video shoot.

Just days after debuting "Welcome to the Black Parade" at the Video Music Awards, My Chemical Romance had to cancel two shows when drummer Bob Bryar was hospitalized because of complications from an injury sustained last month.

The band canceled shows in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on Saturday and Syracuse, New York, on Sunday, after Bryar was taken to the hospital following the VMA preshow performance (see "Underdog Night At The VMAs: Panic, Gnarls, Blunt, Chamillionaire Win Big"), according to a statement on the band's Web site.

"We got some really bad news in the past 48 hours. As a result of complications with a previous injury, Bob ended up in the hospital with a staph infection," the statement read. "He's being monitored all weekend and we want to be by his the side whole time. Unfortunately, this means we can't make this weekend's shows in Allentown and Syracuse because we need to be there by his side."

The band had to cancel a performance at the San Diego Street Scene festival last month because of the injuries, sustained during an August 3 video shoot for "Welcome to the Black Parade," the first single from its upcoming album, The Black Parade (see "My Chemical Romance Reveal Details About 'Daring' Concept LP"). Singer Gerard Way tore ligaments in his ankle during the incident, and Bryar received what a statement called a "bad burn to the back of his leg" (see "My Chemical Romance Explain Injuries, Missed Street Scene Gig").

The two canceled weekend shows were currently the only U.S dates confirmed for MCR. In the statement concerning their decision to hold off playing, the band explained, "A lot of people suggested we used a different drummer, but we need to stay true to Bob and our band. One of the major disappointments of this, other than seeing Bob in pain, is missing Taking Back Sunday and Circa Survive. Both of those bands are incredible and we hope they have an amazing show. We are working on putting on other shows soon in those areas for free to try and make it up to you."

A spokesperson for the group could not be reached at press time.