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Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino to “stay off the road for the time being”

Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino has confirmed that he will not be joining the band on the road “for the time being”.

The percussionist shared the news on an Instagram Stories post earlier this week, while thanking fans for their support after his major surgery in 2023.

“As you may know,” he wrote, “last year, I had to undergo spinal surgery, which resulted in me having to miss Interpol tour dates.”

“While the surgery and recovery has been successful, thus far, unfortunately I’m dealing with continued health issues – and will have to stay off the road for the time being.”

“I apologize to all our fans,” he continued. “Thank you for all your continued support.”

Interpol recently added an extra Ireland date to their 2024 ‘Antics’ 20th anniversary UK and European tour.

The indie veterans have announced plans to play their second LP in full across the UK in November, including stops in Manchester, Glasgow, London and more.

Now, they will wrap up their anniversary shows at Dublin’s 3Arena on November 10. General sale tickets go live on Friday, April 12 at 9am BST from here.

The ‘Antics’ tour kicks off at The Halls in Wolverhampton on November 1, while support at the London date at Alexandra Palace (November 8) will come from Dust and Iceage.

Interpol’s ‘Antics’ 20th anniversary UK and Ireland tour dates are:

1 – Wolverhampton, The Halls
2 – Manchester, O2 Apollo
4 – Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall
5 – Newcastle, O2 City Hall
7 – Bristol, Beacon
8 – London, Alexandra Palace
10 – Dublin, 3Arena

Interpol guitarist Daniel Kessler recently spoke to NME about the legacy of their second album, sharing: “‘Bright Lights’ was our first record, so we had a tiny budget and a small amount of time in the studio and had to make a very ‘live’ record. That record was really how the band sounded on stage at that moment. We just wanted to do that justice.”

“We were focused on that and being reasonable with what we could accomplish. For ‘Antics’, we had the experience of having made a record and then toured for two years. When we came out of that, we wanted to make the studio work for us a bit more and get more out of the songs. There are more textures and the songs really hold you in the moment a little bit more.”

Additionally, Interpol are set to open for Smashing Pumpkins in Europe this summer. “We did some shows with them last year and they were a lot of fun,” Kessler told NME.

“We really try to feel it out each night per situation. I saw Smashing Pumpkins play when I was in high school, so it’s really great to be playing with them.”

The guitarist also shared an update on new music, saying: “We’re writing a lot this year and we don’t have any specific recording plans, but we’re working on it in between all this touring.

“It’s a little too early [to reveal how it sounds] but it’s exciting, that’s for sure.”

In other Interpol news, the band recently announced a huge free show in Mexico City, scheduled to take place later this month.

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