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Lollapalooza in danger of losing another headliner? Jane's Addiction calls off Australian tour

July 23, 2009 |  4:38 pm

Los Angeles quartet Jane's Addiction has canceled its upcoming reunion tour in Australia after drummer Stephen Perkins was admitted to Cedar's-Sinai Hospital's Infectious Disease Ward for treatment of an infected elbow.  While the extent of Perkins' ailment is unclear, the band's publicist released this statement:

Jane’s Addiction’s management has confirmed that percussionist Stephen Perkins has been admitted to the Infectious Disease Ward at Cedar’s-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles for treatment of an infection in his elbow. Doctors expect to keep him there for the next few days for further diagnosis and observation while anti-biotic treatment continues.

Fans are being asked not to worry as a full recovery is expected over the next few weeks.

The Australian tour was set to kick off on July 25, culminating in a final performance on Aug. 1 in Perth. 

The band's announcement comes soon after the Beastie Boys called off their summer tour and pulled out of its performance at Lollapalooza. Bassist Adam "MCA" Yauch was diagnosed with cancer.

A spokesperson for Jane's Addiction said that the band has no plans to cancel its performance at Lollapalooza in Chicago, which is scheduled Aug. 7-9. A statement from the band quotes Perry Farrell as saying the group will return to Australia "as soon as we can."

-- Brendan Bigelow

Photo credit: Tony Pierce / Los Angeles Times