Fish tour dates postponed over illness

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Fish has been forced to cancel the first three shows of the UK that was set to begin tomorrow.

He’s apologised to fans but explains he was left with no option after guitarist Robin Boult arrived for rehearsals with an illness that turned out to be chicken pox.

The concerts in Sheffield (Friday), Liverpool (Saturday) and Durham (Sunday) will be rescheduled for December.

Fish says: “Robin is too ill to perform. He arrived at the studio on Monday and was obviously unwell. On Tuesday he started to come out in a serious rash, which has worsened in the last days.

“He is still infectious – but luckily the rest of the band and crew have all had chicken pox and are relatively safe. There is a potential risk to members of the public who have not contracted it before, and with adults the infection cannot be treated lightly.”

He hopes to be back on track in time for his scheduled appearance in Bilston on Tuesday, but says: “This is obviously dependent on how much Robin recovers. I apologise to anyone who has been let down by this situation. and in particular to anyone out there who has made travel and hotel arrangements – but I am left with no other choice at present.”

Further details will be made available in due course.

Fish recently confirmed the departure of long-time keyboardist Foss Paterson from the band after their relationship became temporarily strained. He’s been replaced by Mike Varty.

Postponed dates

May 02: Sheffield City Hall

May 03: Liverpool O2 Academy

May 04: Durham Gala Theatre

Scheduled dates

May 06: Bilston Robin

May 08: Norwich Waterfront

May 09: London Islington Assembly Hall

May 10: Cardiff Globe

May 11: Bristol Fleece

May 13: Brighton Concorde

May 15: Exeter Phoenix

May 16: Northampton Roadmender

May 17: Holmfirth Picturedrome

May 18: Glasgow O2 ABC