Rock'n'roller David Lee Roth has canceled the rest of his current American tour after a martial arts accident during a recent performance.

The former Van Halen frontman needed 21 stitches on his face after the 17 September (03) accident in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and called off seven dates in the tour of clubs and theaters. Two dates had already been cancelled because of Hurricane Isabel.

Spokesman TODD BRODGINSKI says, "It was an incident onstage where he was doing a kung fu manoeuvre and he got hit with a staff that he uses. He was doing a very fast, complicated 15th-century samurai move."

The 47-year-old singer said in a statement that it was hard to sing and dance with the injury, but that the dates may be rescheduled next year (04). He added, "Thanks for a great tour. See you down the road."

24/09/2003 17:40