A message from Joe Payne:
As you may already be aware, our last show was cancelled at short notice due to my being taken ill.
The debilitating nature of my illness has forced me to take an open-ended leave from live shows. Unfortunately, this is out of my control.
I’ll return as soon as I feel fit and ready to resume, and ask for your patience as this could take weeks.
In the meantime, the rest of the band will continue with the In The Region tour, and will use this opportunity to reintroduce many old instrumental favourites back into the set.
We have also been gathering together dates for the end of the year, by which time I hope to be back to full health.
My love to you all and thank you to the many who have sent messages of support.
A message from max read:
"Our number one priority is to support Joe during his recovery. However at the same time, we have a tour to do and an anniversary to celebrate. The show must go on, and indeed, it will!
Our original plan was to perform the In the Region of the Summer Stars album for you in its entirety during the first half of the show, and then perform a mix of vocal-led songs during the second half. However, Joe's absence left us with a big problem: with only half a show, we would need to learn another 45 minutes of material with the new line-up. Enid music is not the easiest to learn, and we did consider at this late stage cancelling the rest of the tour.
Fortunately, we are blessed with some incredibly talented musicians who have all risen to the challenge and are rehearsing as we speak!
So, not only will you be treated to a high-octane performance of In the Region, but we will also include a number of instrumental tracks from the 70's and 80's, which you may not have heard us play for a while.
One more surprise for you: we are happy to welcome Dom Tofield back into the fold, after his recent trip to Thailand. Dom will be not only be playing orchestral percussion but also covering for Joe on keyboards, allowing Josh to concentrate fully on the bass guitar.
We are sad that Joe will not be with us, but at the same time, we are determined to forge ahead, celebrate our anniversary with you and make sure the band is on top form for when Joe returns to full health."