Chumbawamba Singer Recovering From Injuries

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Chumbawamba vocalist and percussionist Alice Nutter is taking a break from the British politco-dance band's current European tour, returning to her home Wednesday in Leeds, England, to recover from a series of injuries sustained in Italy last week. Nutter first sustained a head injury in Turin, Italy, on July 21, outside the venue where Chumbawamba were scheduled to play that night, in a march protesting the detainment of two political prisoners in that country. According to Chumbawamba's spokesperson, Ellen Zoe Golden, Nutter first struck her head during the riot, although Golden stresses that it is unclear how Nutter sustained the injury -- whether it was caused by another rioter, by an Italian policeman or by accidental self-infliction. Nutter was treated at a local hospital for the head injury and returned to her band's van, where, during that night, she fell from her bunk bed and hit her head again, resulting in two facial compound-fractures, Golden said. After returning to the hospital again, Nutter made the decision to stay in a local hotel to rest up while the rest of Chumbawamba -- best known for their dance-rock hit "Tubthumping" -- continued on to Rome to play their next gig, she added. Nutter's third, and most freakish, injury occurred the next day in her hotel room: The singer apparently sneezed, bursting blood vessels in her eye and causing her eye to pop out of her eye socket, Golden explained. Fortunately, the singer was able to push her eye back into the appropriate place and return to the hospital, she added. Nutter missed two shows after the series of accidents, the Rome concert on July 22 and the U.K.'s WOMAD Festival on July 24. It is unclear when Nutter will be able to rejoin the rest of her band. Chumbawamba currently are continuing their European tour, which lasts through the end of 1998, with stops in Hungary and Germany and more dates in the U.K.