UPDATE 2 Lips’ Drozd in Hospital


“Undisclosed illness”
causes cancellation of two key gigs; full details being withheld.


By Fred Mills


Invoking the ominously pregnant terms “unforeseen
circumstances” and “undisclosed illness,” the Flaming Lips have canceled a pair
of concerts following multiinstrumentalist Steven Drozd’s hospitalization yesterday.
The band was set to play Florida’s
SunFest tonight (April 29) and the Beale Street Music Festival Memphis on May 1.
A hastily-drafted statement from SunFest yesterday read thusly:


“Due to
unforeseen circumstances SunFest is announcing a last minute schedule
change,” a statement from the event reads. “The Flaming Lips have
withdrawn from the festival. We regret any inconvenience that this may cause.
… SunFest has been informed that the cancellation is due to due to the
hospitalization of Steven Drozd and therefore extends wishes for a speedy recovery.”


For the time being the Lips camp is remaining mum about the
source of Drozd’s hospitalization, although the group’s publicist did tell
Spinner.com that Drozd is “expected to make a full recovery” from the ailment,
whatever it may be. No other dates have been canceled yet, and the band has a
number of high-profile festival dates slated for the summer, including Bonnaroo
and Glastonbury.


 UPDATE: Pitchfork is reporting that drummer Kliph Scurlock posted a short note to Facebook last night that still doesn’t specify what happened but is intended to put fans’ minds at ease:

“Kliph Scurlock
wants everybody to know that Steven will be just fine as soon as he
gets some rest. He (and the rest of us) really appreciate your kind
thoughts and well wishes, but please don’t worry yourselves.”


UPDATE 2: Yesterday Drozd posted his status on his Twitter feed which read:

Thank you,
everyone, for your concern. I had to do this and I’m getting it

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