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“Ugly art” injury puts Franz Ferdinand drummer out of action

By | Published on Monday 8 July 2019

Franz Ferdinand

As excuses for not being able to work go, Franz Ferdinand drummer Paul Thomson has one I suspect you’ve not heard before. The band have announced that he will not be able to join them on the remainder of their current European tour after “an ugly piece of art” fell on his hand.

“We’re sad to say that Paul’s finger was crushed by an ugly piece of art which fell from the wall of a hotel lobby in Casablanca”, said the band in a statement. “The bone has splintered into small pieces and he is unable to hold a drumstick without experiencing intense pain. Paul will be unable to continue this tour while it heals”.

For the rest of the tour, Thomson will be replaced by musician Mike Evans, who has released music under the name Jaeva.

If anyone needed further confirmation of the severity of the injury, frontman Alex Kapranos later tweeted that “the painting was truly awful”. So, any hotels hosting musicians in the near future, be sure to check all of your fixtures. And taste.