The cancellation of ShitDisco's US tour hasn't exactly created a great cultural shudderin. Joel's illness sounds pretty unpleasant, though, judging by the management statement:
This has happened before and everytime the doctors have been unable to pin down the cause. In the past it has been written off as nervous exhaustion, but this time the doctors think there might be something else and they're trying to figure it out. He has been moved to another hospital and today underwent exploratory surgery.
Unfortunately all this means we are left with no option but to cancel our North American tour. We are deeply sorry to anyone who was planning to come and see us, we'd been looking forward to this one for awhile and its a damn shame this had to happen when it did. Hopefully the doctors can figure out what is going wrong this time so Joel can make a full recovery.
Our thoughts are with his family.
It's actually quite scary when they're doing surgery without knowing what they're looking for, so lets hope they find a reason. It's a pity one of the few British acts to actually manage to get a US tour visa have still had to cancel.