Gang of Four, currently led by original guitarist Andy Gill, were forced to cancel their final show of their 2019 tour, which was set to wrap up in Brooklyn, NY with a sold-out gig at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The cancellation came just moments before the band were slated to perform, though opener Public Practice played their hearts out to a mostly full room.
Tensions were high as a the crowd packed into the venue, but just a few moments before 10pm, a Bowery Presents employee announced that the band would not be able to perform. The lights came up, the crew began disassembling the stage, and the show was officially over. Via a statement issued by the band, Gill has been performing the last few dates while suffering from a chest infection, his dedication taking its toll at the final show, resulting in the last-minute cancellation. Here’s the statement the band has just released:
Last night at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY, GANG OF FOUR was unfortunately forced to cancel their show – the last performance on their quick U.S. run – as they were set to take the stage to a packed audience.
Struggling with a serious chest infection that had been developing over the last week while on the road, Andy Gill was rushed to the hospital early in the afternoon on Monday, February 25, 2019, with hopes he could get the necessary treatment and be released before show time at 9:30pm. With every effort to get on stage, the night progressed as planned. Sticking it out till the very last minute, the band and crew hoped for the best outcome – a slight delay in set time, and prepared to take the stage.
Recognizing the seriousness of Gill’s condition, the medical team felt otherwise and delayed Gill’s discharge from the hospital. When it became apparent that Gill would not be returning in time, the crew, band and Andy (on speakerphone), made the very difficult decision to cancel the show.
Gang of Four are heartbroken that they could not deliver a promised great end to the tour. With Andy’s health as a top priority, we apologize to the fans who had come out to support and they promise that the next time Gang of Four return to NYC, not only will Andy and band be in top shape, they will give the show an added push to give back to the fans.
Fortunately, despite the disappointing news, fans seemed to take the news in stride, shuffling out of the venue calmly, many still purchasing merch on the way out or staying for an extra drink or two. Refunds are currently being issued to all ticket holders.
We wish Gill a full and speedy recovery, and hope to see him and the rest of the band back in NYC soon!