They were almost with us… Australia’s finest musical mystics The Church were due to play Edinburgh at La Belle Angele on June 11, but an injury suffered by drummer Tim Powles has meant the band have had to cancel their UK dates. The Church were wrapping up a 22-date US tour in Sonoma, California, when misfortune struck.
In an announcement on May 25 the band said: “In the last minute of the last song, on the last night of the USA tour last week, our drummer Tim Powles suffered a nasty fall off the front of the stage and fractured his foot. Up until today we had wanted to proceed with the shows with our ‘miraculous one-footed drummer’, but new tests reveal Tim has developed a blood clot in his leg while awaiting surgery. The high risk of DVT in this condition means that flying is entirely out of the question. After much deliberation today, we sadly have no choice other than to cancel the upcoming June shows in the UK… Nobody is more disappointed by this than the band.”
The Church – who have been touring and recording for four decades – said they would be issuing full refunds, and online purchasers would receive an email very soon to confirm their refund has been issued. Agencies such as Tickets Scotland have asked buyers with paper tickets to return them to the point of purchase for a refund.
The band played a revelatory gig at the Liquid Room on November 2 last year, after an absence from the Capital of nearly 36 years. Before that, their last gig in the city had been at Edinburgh University on November 27, 1982. But hopefully it won’t be too long before the UK dates including Edinburgh can be rescheduled. With Powles expected to be fully recovered and back behind the kit for their September European tour, there’s a chance the UK tour could happen in the autumn.
“We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused,” the band said, “and look forward to making it up to everyone as soon as we can.”
Words: Simon McKenzie