That’s the problem when you start to fly so high. There’s always the danger you might fall and painfully shatter something.
Glasgow fight pop six-piece Dananananakroyd were this week forced to cancel the remainder of their Australian tour after drummer/vocalist John Baillie Jnr broke his arm three songs into a much-anticipated set at the Annandale Hotel in Sydney.
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Just days earlier, the band had been one of the standouts of the Byron Bay music festival Splendour in the Grass, whipping into a stiff peak a hungover crowd of about 8000 and pissing off security officials by convincing around half the punters to indulge in the band’s all-inclusive group hug, the now legendary Wall of Cuddles.
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But then came the fall. JBJ launched himself into the crowd at the Sydney venue and landed awkwardly. Given the unpredictability of their live act, it wasn’t clear anything was wrong until he failed to appear from the crowd for his vocals. But soon the ambulance was on its way. You can check if you don’t believe me.
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The show, Wednesday night local time, was cancelled, as was the following night’s show at the East Brunswick Club in Melbourne (much to the chagrin of the Wee Man who planned on shaking off swine flu to sample what our own Vic Galloway this week called “the best live band on the planet right now”).

Megan Reader of Dew Process Recordings, who were promoting the ‘Nakroyds in Australia, confirmed last night that JBJ was still in hospital in Sydney with surgery on his arm a possibility. The rest of the band are set to move on to New Zealand before hopefully reuniting with JBJ and heading back for a monster European tour, including the Reading and Leeds festivals.
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“The rest of the band are obviously very upset for John and totally devastated they can’t continue with the rest of the Australian tour,” she said. “We’re hoping to see them back here very soon.”
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But for those who need just a little hit of the boys, here’s a backstage tour they did for Triple J at Splendour and their new video. Get well soon, JBJ.
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