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Simian Mobile Disco cancel tour dates, after Jas Shaw diagnosed with rare condition

By | Published on Wednesday 28 March 2018

Simian Mobile Disco

Simian Mobile Disco have announced the cancellation of their upcoming UK tour, after the duo’s Jas Shaw was diagnosed with the rare condition AL amyloidosis.

A statement reads: “[Shaw] is receiving treatment but unfortunately this means he is not able to tour, and we have reluctantly decided that SMD’s live performances will have to be put on hold for at least a few months. We are hopeful that following treatment, he will be able to return to a full work schedule but we’re currently not in a position to confirm when this will be”.

AL amyloidosis is caused when plasma cells in a person’s bone marrow begin to produce abnormal proteins, which cannot then be broken down when they enter the bloodstream. There is no known cure, but there are a number of treatments that can be effective in managing the condition.

The duo’s upcoming performance at the Barbican in London will go ahead as planned on 4 Apr. Although they say that this will be “the final SMD show for a while”. Profits from the event will be donated to the UCL Amyloidosis Research Fund.

Simian Mobile Disco’s new album with the Deep Throat Choir, ‘Murmurations’, is set for release on 11 May.