New York hardcore legends SICK OF IT ALL have been forced to cancel their previously announced West Coast dates with DROPKICK MURPHYS due to a back injury suffered by frontman Lou Koller. The group's official statement on the matter reads as follows:
"Our singer Lou has had very bad back problems for the last week, and yesterday he had to be taken to the hospital because he couldn't move without being in a lot of pain. He was released a few hours later, but isn't in the kind of shape that would allow him to perform on stage. We're really sorry, but we can't make the trip out to California to start the tour with DROPKICK MURPHYS.
"Our friends in DROPKICK have been very cool and understanding, and although we're leaving them in a bind without the main support act they planned the tour with, they aren't canceling our spot just yet. We're going to take this day by day and see if we'll be able to meet up with the tour at some point, but it looks like we'll definitely miss the Western part of the DROPKICK tour. If we can join the tour, the place and date will both depend on Lou's recovery time.
"We were all really looking forward to this tour, especially after having such a great time touring with AFI. It's always an awesome show with DROPKICK, so each night that we miss will be a difficult pill to swallow. If all goes well, we'll be back on the road soon.
"Once again, our deepest apologies to our Western U.S. fans who were excited to see us and the great DROPKICK MURPHYS together."
SICK OF IT ALL will film a number of shows on their spring 2007 European tour for an upcoming DVD, to be released later in the year.
SICK OF IT ALL's tribute album, "Our Impact Will Be Felt", has just been released via Abacus Recordings. The CD features bands such as RISE AGAINST, BLEEDING THROUGH, BOUNCING SOULS, SEPULTURA, and HATEBREED covering their favorite tracks that SICK OF IT ALL has recorded in the past 20 years.