THE WILDHEARTS bassist Danny McCormack has dropped out of the band's forthcoming U.K. tour with AMEN to go into a rehabilitation center, according to Kerrang!.
Frontman Ginger stresses the tour will still go ahead, with bass duties being handled by SILVERGINGER 5/CARDIACS bassist John Poole.
"We are incredibly shocked and saddened by the revelation that Danny's health problems are ongoing," says Ginger. "His well-being is obviously a major concern to us, to the point where to carry on with him would make matters worse. This is only a band after all, and to have someone die for it is not on anyone's agenda."
He adds: "All we want to do is get the guy well — the only thing that matters is that he goes away and gets himself sorted. The fact that he decided to admit himself into rehab is a good, positive start to that process."
THE WILDHEARTS and AMEN will hit the following U.K. venues in April/May:
Apr. 20 - Milton Keynes Woughton Centre April 20 (no AMEN)
Apr. 21 – Oxford, UK @ Zodiac 21 (no AMEN)
Apr. 23 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
Apr. 24 - Manchester, UK @ MDH/Academy
Apr. 25 - Glasgow, UK @ Barrowlands
Apr. 26 - Wolverhampton, UK @ Wulfrun Hall
Apr. 28 - Cornwall, UK @ Truro Hall
Apr. 29 - Folkestone, UK @ Leas Cliff Hall
Apr. 30 - Norwich, UK @ UEA
May 02 - London, UK @ Forum
May 03 - Portsmouth, UK @ Pyramids