Cooley Collapses, Truckers Cancel Tour


Dehydration and
exhaustion cited; band plans to recuperate in time for the New Year’s Eve run.


By Fred Mills


Late yesterday word arrived from the Drive-By Truckers camp
that the band was abruptly canceling the remaining 5 shows of their current
European tour. A post at their website read thusly:



Drive-By Truckers will
be forced to cancel the remaining shows on their European tour. The band has
been sick for several days and last night Mike Cooley collapsed due to
exhaustion and dehydration. Doctors have advised complete bed rest. We are very
sorry to cancel shows at the end of this tour, especially in Scandinavia,
where the band have such a loyal following. Please know we will make every
effort to reschedule these shows sometime in the near future. Thank you for
your understanding and your continued support.


Then later that evening it was disclosed that the band would
also have to cancel the upcoming appearance at the annual Warren Haynes
Christmas Jam, which takes place Dec. 10-11 in North Carolina:



In addition to
canceling the end of their European tour the Drive-By Truckers will also cancel
their appearance at Christmas Jam in Asheville,
NC. The band needs some much
needed and deserved time off and sends their sincerest apologies to Warren and
all involved with Christmas Jam.
They will be back in full force for their New Year’s Eve run in New York.



So apparently the Dec. 30, 31 and Jan. 1 shows in Brooklyn, NYC and Philly are still on – here’s hoping
that the month’s recuperation will take care of what ails ‘em! They’ve got a
killer new album, Go-Go Boots, due on
Feb. 15 which we’ve been listening to nonstop, so we need a tour to go with the
album, like, pronto.


Meanwhile, Haynes Jam watchers should keep an eye on the Jam
for an announcement of who will wind up taking the band’s place in the
Jam lineup.


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