Wilco have been forced to cancel two shows this week due to guitarist Nels Cline contracting the chicken pox.
The band were set to play tomorrow (August 14) in Duluth, Minnesota and in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Wednesday (15), but have announced the rescheduling of the Duluth show for September 4.
The Winnipeg show has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a date in 2008 that has yet to be determined.
In a posting on their website, the band wrote:
"We’re sorry to report that our good friend and Wilco guitarist extraordinaire Nels Cline has recently contracted a rather nasty case of the CHICKEN POX (not sure that should be in all caps… but judging from the gruesome details in email correspondence we’ve had with NC, we’ll leave it so).
"He is slowly on the mend but is not quite there yet, necessitating postponement of the Duluth, Minnesota show scheduled for this Tuesday night…the show scheduled for this Wednesday in Winnipeg, Manitoba has also been cancelled, and will be rescheduled for some time in 2008. Refunds will be available at point of purchase. We will post more details as they become available."
The remainder of the band’s North American tour is set to go ahead as planned.