With a European tour -- its first live dates in five years -- looming, Supertramp leader Rick Davies has announced he has cancer.
The group's website posted a message saying that Davies "was recently diagnosed with multiple myeloma and has begun aggressive treatment to combat the disease," which is a form of blood marrow cancer. The tour, due to start November 3, has been canceled, and Davies issued a statement saying that, "I was really looking forward to returning to Europe and playing with the band again, and I'm sorry to disappoint everyone who has overwhelmingly supported the upcoming tour. Unfortunately, my current health issues have derailed me and right now I need to focus all my energy on getting well."
No plans for rescheduling the show have been announced.
Davies co-founded Supertramp with Roger Hodgson during 1969; Hodgson left during 1983 and has played as a solo act ever since, while Davies continued Supertramp for another five years, then brought the band back in 1996. He ended Supertramp again in 2002 but revived the band once more in 2010 for a 40th anniversary tour.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.