Poison have nixed the final twenty-two dates of their Glam Slam Metal Jam tour after bassist Bobby Dall underwent emergency surgery on his spine.
The band was scheduled to play the Little River Rockfest in Minnedosa, Manitoba on August 5th, but instead Dall was rushed to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha due to back pain that initiated on stage. According to his surgeon, Dall underwent an anterior cervical diskectomy with allograft fusion, a procedure in which a disc is removed from the back to relieve pain. Dall’s recovery will require six months of recuperation and rehabilitation, says his surgeon, a span of time partially defined by his vocation.
“On behalf of Poison, I apologize to our fans and the promoters for having to cancel these dates,” frontman Bret Michaels said. “Bobby Dall is my best friend and at this moment our only concern is for his well-being.”
The Glam Slam Metal Jam, which on the majority of the dates also featured Warrant, Quiet Riot and Enuff Z’nuff, was scheduled to run through September 2nd. Upon Dall’s recovery, the group plans to enter the studio to record a new album, which discounting 2000’s odds and ends album, Crack a Smile and More, will be their first album of new material since 1993’s Native Tongue, and the first with all four original members since 1990’s Flesh and Blood.