Belle & Sebastian have canceled their upcoming US tour, citing Stuart Murdoch’s medical condition.
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The band announced details of their upcoming North American tour last October. They were scheduled to begin the tour in Mexico before heading to cities including Milwaukee, Detroit, Columbus, Toronto and ending in St. Louis and Kalamazoo.
Now the group has released a statement saying Murdoch has yet to recover from illness in late 2022.
The statement read, “Hi folks. That’s Stuart from Belle and Sebastian here. We are sorry to have to announce the cancellation of our North American tour for 2023.
“As you may know, my health took a dive around November 2022. Although I hope I will improve over the next few months, we felt it would be safer to cancel this tour and let a clear path to recovery, rather than taking a risk and having to cancel at the last minute.
“We had a great plan in place, release our second LP in six months and hit America again! As long as the record is out, we’re going to have to wait a bit longer before we can shoot it. We apologize again for the inconvenience we have caused you. Sincerely, Stuart.
The dates concerned are as follows:
24 – Guadalajara, Mexico – Diana Theater
25 – Mexico City, Mexico – Metropolitan Theater
28 – Milwaukee, Wis. – Turner Hall
29 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theater
30 – Columbus, OH – Athenaeum Theater
02 – Toronto, Ontario – History
03 – Ottawa, Ontario – Bronson Center
04 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
05 – Ithaca, NY – State Theater
06 – New Haven, Connecticut – College Street Music Hall
08 – Hudson, NY – Hudson Basilica
09 – Jersey City, NJ – White Eagle Hall
10 – Richmond, Virginia – The National
12 – Atlanta, Georgia – East
13 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheater backyard
14 – Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Culture Room
15 – St. Petersburg, Florida – Janus Landing
17 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn
18 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
19 – Kalamazoo, MI – Bell Brewery (exterior)
Earlier this month, Belle & Sebastian announced details of a surprise new album, “Late Developers”, and shared the single “I Don’t Know What You See In Me”.
It is the 12th studio album by the Scottish independent veterans and was released on January 13.
Coming just eight months after their last album “A Bit Of Previous”, Murdoch recently said NME that ‘Late Developers’ grew out of the same sessions in the band’s native Glasgow in 2021. After recording plans in Los Angeles were scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic, the band converted their rehearsal space into a studio makeshift secured by COVID. Murdoch explained how after the lockdown downtime, he went into session for ‘A Bit of Previous’ “with around 30 songs”.
“I just said to the band, ‘Come on, let’s do two LPs!’ he said. “Let’s give the record company what they want first, then keep the second secret.”
murdoch said NME how the two albums were distinct from each other, with “Late Developers” presenting a more playful edge. “The first one was where the record company said, ‘We’re going to do this and that,’ and we thought, ‘We better take it seriously and give them their money’s worth! ‘”, he recalled. “But after that we could be more relaxed.”
He continued, “The second LP is the fun LP. Even though some of the songs have a serious subject, it was fun to put together. It’s my job to sequence the records, and putting two LPs together from 30 songs gives you plenty of options to get a good beat.
“With the first disc you’re trying to shape something a little more cultured, maybe with vocals on the same level and consistent narration, whereas the second disc is more spread out, you have more voices coming in.”
Belle & Sebastian are still set to embark on a UK tour this summer. Visit here for tickets and more information.
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