Two nights ago in Iowa City My Morning Jacket’s frontman, Jim James, took a tumble off the stage. The band is canceling their final two North Amercian shows (including two Barack Obama benefit solo-gigs that James was expected to play), but are tentatively scheduled to start their European tour in Dublin on October 29. We wish Jones a speedy recovery.
(Below: Drummer, Patrick Callahan, breaks the news that Jim is hurt and the show is cancelled.)
The band released the following statement on their website yesterday:
As some of you may have heard we had to cancel our show last evening in Iowa City. We were finishing up the last few bars of “Off The Record and just like any other night we were all having a great time. Jim went to get closer to the audience on his side of the stage, and as he moved forward to step onto the sub-woofer the lights darkened, and he inadvertently stepped off the stage. Upon falling, he suffered traumatic injuries to his torso, and was immediately taken to the hospital.
Per the doctor’s orders, Jim will be off the road and recovering from his injuries for the next two to three weeks. Sadly, we must postpone the two shows in Chicago on Thursday and Friday until further notice.
For those who attended the Iowa City show, we would like to extend our gratitude for your understanding and cooperation. We take our fans and performances very seriously, and would never cancel a show unless it was absolutely necessary. Please know that we will be making every effort to return to your fine city.
Thank you so much to our fans for the kind sentiments and well-wishes on Jim’s behalf. We hope for Jim’s quick recovery and to be back out on the road soon.
My Morning Jacket