Una serie di concerti cancellati ha caratterizzato l’inizio di agosto dei Beady Eye. La causa? Le condizioni di salute di Gem Archer, ricoverato il 1 del mese per un serio trauma cranico: “Due to guitarist Gem Archer’s injury, the band regret to inform fans that they will be cancelling their upcoming shows in Belgium and Japan until further notice. They are very sorry for any disappointment this will cause but as Gem is an integral part of the band there is no way that they can play without him. An update on Gem’s condition will follow. His family, friends and bandmates thank everyone who have sent messages of support and well wishes so far and hope to see him back on his feet soon. An update on his condition will follow”.
Un paio di settimane dopo arriva un altro comunicato della band: “A big thank you to everybody who’s been in touch to give messages of support for Gem following his accident. He and his family really appreciate it and so do the band. We are gutted about all the cancelled shows but thank you for understanding that we need to prioritise our mate and his recovery. The good news is Gem is doing well so far and is expected to make a full recovery over the next few weeks. This is just to say thanks for your patience, and for all the messages that have come in from all over the world. We are buzzing about getting back on stage for the UK and Ireland dates in November. Thanks, Beady Eye”.
4 ottobre. E veniamo al nuovo aggiornamento scritto dallo stesso musicista:
“Gem here saying a big thank you from the bottom of my being to everyone for their kind words, wishes, messages and patience over the past weeks. I am on the mend, not gone round the bend and treading carefully whilst taking each day as a giant leap forward. I still consider myself lucky, who knows why things happen, but they do and it all could have been much worse but it wasn’t. That was then and as of now, I can’t wait to stand with a guitar in my hand alongside the rest of the boys, on a stage in front of some of you from November onwards. You can’t change the wind, but you can change how you walk into it’ as an old friend said to me once. Here’s to next time and knowing a little more of how to do the walk! Bring it on. Thanks again. Peace, love, luck and respect. Gem Archer”.