Scottish rockers Mogwai have cancelled the remainder of their North American tour, after drummer MARTIN BULLOCH was hospitalised in New York at the weekend (20-21Sep08) suffering from heart problems.
The 34-year-old drummer has suffered from a heart condition for many years and wears a pacemaker - which he reveals has been causing him discomfort throughout the Scottish band's U.S. tour.
Bulloch has been given the all-clear to return to Scotland to see a cardiologist there - forcing the band to pull the plug on the rest of its U.S. and Canadian dates, and threatening Mogwai's forthcoming European tour.
Bulloch says, "I've been having some problems with my pacemaker for the duration of the tour and it unfortunately culminated in me being sent to the emergency room.
"The doctors there initially thought I would have to have corrective surgery at a larger hospital nearer NYC but I have been given the all clear to travel home on the understanding that I go straight to my cardiologist on arrival back in Scotland.
"To be honest, I'm really bummed about having to go home and feel for the folk who had bought tickets for our upcoming shows, but I can honestly say it would be almost impossible for me to carry on at this point as my pacemaker has broken skin and the surrounding area has become infected."