Australia's Vines, Mentally Exhausted, Scrap Tour

By | June 9, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Australian rock band the Vines, who have gained a reputation for delivering erratic performances, have backed out of their planned support spot on Incubus’ summer North American tour, citing “mental and physical exhaustion.”

The band was thrust into disarray following a recent performance for a Sydney radio station, when bassist Patrick Matthews walked out following the first song. A full show the next evening was promptly canceled.

“The decision has been made to take a break to deal with the mental and physical exhaustion issues the band currently face(s),” the group said in a statement. “The Vines have not broken up. The band would like to sincerely apologize to Incubus, our fans and friends. We would like to thank everyone close to us for the continued support.”

Its trek with Incubus was due to begin June 24 in Atlantic City, N.J. The Vines would have been touring in support of their sophomore Capitol album, “Winning Days,” which is off to a slow start. It debuted in April at No. 23 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 129,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Its predecessor, “Highly Evolved,” has moved 665,000 units.

The Vines recently toured North America as headliners of a package featuring fellow Aussies Jet and the Living End, though the main attraction appeared to be Jet, whose current album, “Get Born,” has sold 865,000 copies to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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