Australian rocker Doc Neeson was hospitalised over the festive season with a brain tumour.

The Angels frontman, who turned 66 last week (04Jan13), is receiving radiation and chemotherapy treatment. The group has scrapped all of their upcoming performing commitments.

A statement from the band reads, "It is with deep regret and shock that The Angels have to announce that Mr Doc Neeson was admitted to hospital over the recent Christmas/New Year period. He has just been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, (brain tumour).

"This will require immediate intensive radiation and chemotherapy treatment and will continue for the next 6-7 months. Unfortunately, due to this, The Angels therefore have no choice but to cancel all their upcoming dates.

"The Angels would like to thank all the fans for their continued support and we wish Doc all the best for his treatment during this difficult time. The Angels look forward to seeing everyone again once Doc is given the all clear to return to the stage."

The Angels were due to kick off a tour of Australia next month (Feb13).