Mastodon Calling It Quits? Update: No!

Unconfirmed rumors of Mastodon’s breakup abound, dear readers. That their European tour this summer is no longer happening has been confirmed, however. This, from the band’s website:

MASTODON regret to inform their fans that their upcoming Summer tour of Europe originally set to begin June 5, in Germany and ending July 3, in Finland has been cancelled. Guitarist Bill Kelliher who has been diagnosed with Pancreatitis has been advised by doctors to continue further medical treatment. Bill’s medical team are optimistic and expect a full recovery in the weeks ahead as the band looks forward to being part of BlackDiamondSkye also featuring Alice In Chains, Deftones, slated to begin Sep. 16, in Chicago.

Update: According to a post on their official message board, the band is indeed still a band. Another block quote for your reading pleasure:

We’re not breaking up. I don’t know what any of us would do, we love the music that we make together too much to end it now. It’s the furthest thing from anyones mind. Bill needs to get better and he’s doing that, the rest of us are resting up, living our lives and looking forward to working on new music and doing that Alice and chains Deftones tour.
Our artistic well has not run dry by any means, one of our brothers just needs to get well, that’s all. Thank you all so much for being so understanding, especially those of you who were looking forward to seeing us in Europe next month.
As much as we want to do those shows, we feel like the best thing for us to do is to let Bill heal up and come back full strength, as it should be. I hope to see you all very soon.
Your Fan,
Brann

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    • Eric
    • June 2nd, 2010

    A great sigh of relief- thanks for the update!

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