As posted on their MySpace page, heavy metal band Slipknot have announced to withdraw their performance at Reading and Leeds Festival because their drummer Joey Jordison's ankle is injured. They say that the cancellation is to prevent further permanent and more serious damage as it has been advised by Joey's doctor. "We have been forced to cancel our imminent European festival appearances at Leeds, Reading," they wrote, "Joey Jordison broke his ankle and doctors have advised Joey to stay off his leg for 4-6 weeks to prevent further injury."
The band were supposed to perform at Leeds, West Yorkshire on Friday, August 22 with other rock bands, such as Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Plain White T's, and many more. They have also been scheduled to take stage three at Reading, Berkshire on Sunday, August 24. With tickets for both shows have reportedly been sold out, the band apologize for their pulling-off. "Canceling shows is never an easy decision and we apologize to all our fans, friends, and family for not being there to throw down with you," said the band to express their regret.
Furthermore, Joey's injury has also made them to cancel their supposedly upcoming appearance at Austria's 2 Days A Week Festival on August 28 and at Germany's Area 4 Festival, which will be held on the following day. Other cancellation are reportedly their exclusive performances for MTV Europe and Virgin TV. In fact, those performances are among their promotional rounds in support of their upcoming album "All Hope Is Gone", which will come out on August 26.
In July, another band's member Sid Wilson had also broken both of his heels when jumping off the stage during the opening show of the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival. However, there is no statement on whether Joey's injury is also the result of the energetic stage performance that they usually perform.
To replace their canceled performance, the band promise to give other performances in Europe this November. "We will be back in Europe this November and can't wait to see you all then," they wrote. They will then continue to sing in Japan, New Zealand, and Australia in October.