Muse were forced to cancel a series of European shows this week after lead singer Matthew Bellamy broke his foot.
Though details on how the injury was sustained were not available at press time, the affected shows include gigs in Stockholm, Malmo and Oslo.
“We’re very sorry to have to announce that Muse’s forthcoming shows in Oslo, Stockholm and Malmo have been cancelled as Matt has broken two bones in his foot,” read a statement from the band. “The band have therefore made the difficult decision to cancel these gigs as they feel that they will not be able to do justice to their live show and the fans who have bought tickets with Matt performing on crutches. Muse would like to apologise to all their fans who have tickets to these shows. Refunds will be available from the point of purchase.”
On Thursday, Bellamy tweeted a photo of an X-ray showing the damage with the message, “Ouch! Broke my foot.” He followed with an image of himself standing with the aid of crutches while wearing an orthopedic boot on his right foot as a dog jumps up to lick his hand.
“Matt’s progress will be monitored over the next few days, but the remaining dates on the tour are still scheduled to go ahead as planned,” the statement added. “As soon as we have any news it will be posted on the Muse website, Facebook and Twitter accounts.”
While ticketholders tried to be understanding, some were clearly upset at the news. “This is the third time this has happened to me,” wrote fan Trackerjacker in comments on the band’s site. “I give up. I’m never gonna see muse live fml.”
Hejsan722 tried to calm rattled nerves, writing, “I’m not going to be bitter about this anymore. Still sad but it’s not their fault they had to cancel. I love them anyway and I will be there when they’re coming to Sweden. Because they will!”
Muse are not set to hit North America on their tour in support of The 2nd Law until a February 2 date in Edmonton, Alberta.