Friday, June 24, 2016

Deep Purple reschedule Swedish shows as drummer recovers from stroke

Deep Purple have rescheduled a pair of shows in Sweden that were postponed recently following news that drummer Ian Paice had experienced a stroke while on tour in Europe.

“On the morning of the 14th of June,” explained Paice, “I woke up to find that the right side of my body was feeling numb and I could not control my right hand and fingers. So I had myself admitted to hospital where I was diagnosed with having suffered a ‘mini stroke’, or TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack).”

“The hospital staff in Stockholm were amazing and started my treatment straight away,” he continued. “After both CT and MIR scans there was found to be no serious or permanent damage. As of this moment all I am suffering is a slightly numb right side of the face a tingling sensation in my right hand. My dexterity in the hand is coming back quickly and I fully expect to re commence touring next month. So now I have a set of tablets which have to be taken every day to ensure it doesn¹t happen again!.”

Paice is sharing an update on his progress with a message to fans.

"A big thank you to all the people who have been in touch with me expressing their concern about my health,” wrote the drummer. “I think you will appreciate that there have been too many to answer every one personally. So if I don't reply to you please accept my apologies, but there are only so many hours in a day! Also my one typing finger is having its own ‘event’ and is starting to get very sore.

“I knew I had a lot of friends around the world but never realised quite how many. Again thanks to you all and I will endeavour to keep you up to date with my progress which so far is great.”

Deep Purple have announced rescheduled dates for the pair of shows in Sweden: a performance at Liseberg in Gothenburg originally set for June 15 will now take place on July 1, while a June 14 show at Gröna Lund in Stockholm will happen on July 2.

The band recently completed recording the follow-up to 2013’s "Now What?!" with producer Bob Ezrin in Nashville, TN.

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