Travis Cancel Gigs After Drummer Injured

By | July 10, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Scottish pop group Travis said on Wednesday they had canceled four European concerts after drummer Neil Primrose suffered a suspected spinal injury in a French swimming pool accident.

Primrose was knocked unconscious after striking his head on Sunday while relaxing in the pool following a concert at Belfort in eastern France, the band said in a statement.

He was taken by ambulance to hospital, where early indications suggested he had a fractured vertebra. He has been kept in hospital for further tests, the statement said.

“Neil has had a terrible accident,” a spokesman for the band told the Daily Mirror. “We are all praying that he is going to be all right.”

Primrose’s wife, Esther, has flown to be at his side in hospital, the paper added.

Glasgow quartet Travis have enjoyed a string of top 10 hits in Britain since releasing their first single in 1997.

The band said they had canceled shows in Lucca, Italy; Rome; Carhaix, Brittany, France; and Dublin.

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