Franz Ferdinand have been forced to make drastic set changes on their Far
East tour - because bassist BOB HARDY has been hospitalised.
The Scottish group are currently performing in Japan as part of their
year-long tour in support of their eponymous debut album, but have resorted to
playing acoustic gigs after Hardy fell victim to a mystery illness.
At their show at the Nagoya Diamond Hall yesterday (28NOV04), singer ALEX
KAPRANOS and guitarist NICK McCARTHY explained their predicament to the crowd
with the help of a translator.
One Japanese fan says, "When we turned up we were told Bob the bassist was
sick and they weren't sure if they would play. The doors opened an hour late
and everyone shuffled in. We were given a note when we got inside explaining
that if we
weren't satisfied with the performance we could get a refund of 2500 yen
(almost half of the ticket cost)."
The tour is scheduled to continue in Tokyo tonight, before heading to
North America throughout December (04).