Following the passing of their "beloved friend and bandmate" Gerard Smith, rock band TV on the Radio scrapped five dates of their on-going North American tour. The first canceled gig is the one which was supposed to take place at St. Andrew Halls, Detroit MI on April 20.
They also dropped a show at Metro, Chicago IL on April 22, two concerts at First Ave, Minneapolis MN on April 23 and 24, as well as one gig at Ogden, Denver CO on April 26. They are expected to be back on the road on April 29 in San Fransisco CA, but it's not confirmed just yet as "there will be more information as it becomes available."
Gerard Smith played bass and keyboard in TV on the Radio. He died on Wednesday morning after losing "a courageous fight against lung cancer." The band announced the sad news in a joint statement on their official website, saying in deep grief, "We will miss him terribly."
TV on the Radio have just released their fifth studio album "Nine Types of Light" in the U.S. on April 12 this year, peaking at No. 12 on Billboard Hot 200. They followed up the album release with a number of tour dates including a confirmed date at Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, GBR on June 26.