Dirty Projectors Flip Tour Van Outside Detroit, Cancel Dates

Band Is Safe and Recuperating in New York

Jun 24, 2009
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Dirty Projectors have flipped their van outside of Detroit, but everyone is okay. Here is the official statement from the band's publicist:

"Dirty Projectors' van flipped outside of Detroit, MI on their way up to Toronto. Although the crash was serious, we're happy to report that all members of the band have been safely discharged from the hospital. The band will be flying home to New York in the morning to regroup and rest. Unfortunately, the band will have to cancel Toronto and Montreal. Thank you for understanding and sending your well wishes."

Also, the Brooklyn-based band posted a detailed retelling of the accident, entitled 'We're O.K.!!!," on their Myspace blog:

"Hi everyone

Some of you may have heard that we were in a pretty serious accident today. We are all pretty much fine - all walking and talking and all of that - just a little sore and a little shaken. After stopping at a fruit stand at about 3 pm today, we got back on the highway headed towards Toronto. At about 3:15, on the other side of the highway, a semi-truck moved into the left lane, not seeing the car that was there, and sent the car flying out of control over the meridian and right at us. The car hit us in the back and sent us flying onto our side, at which point we slid quite a ways down the road. Everyone was wearing a seatbelt except for Dave and Brian, but they and all of the rest of us luckily came out fine! 
    The whole thing was quite surreal; there were hugs and tears when we climbed out of the van. We all feel very fortunate right now to be walking around. Sorry about the canceled shows in Toronto and Montreal! We were really looking forward to coming up there again, but we will make it up to you as soon as possible! Thank you for your concern and support. Looking forward to getting back out there and continuing to share music with our fans."

And here's a picture of the band's flipped van on the highway:


As a result, the Dirty Projectors concert at Lee's Palace in Toronto tonight, June 24th, has been canceled. The show at Montreal's Theatre Plaza is also axed. We'll keep you updated on more details as they come in regarding other possible tour cancellations, et al. Glad everyone is OK!

The band's tour is in support of their excellent new full-length Bitte Orca and they're supposed to travel across North America in July, and then trek over to Europe. The dates below will probably change. (Pitchfork)

06-24 Toronto, Ontario - Lee's Palace
06-25 Montreal, Quebec - Theatre Plaza
07-02 Vancouver, British Columbia - Richard's on Richards
07-03 Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
07-04 Portland, OR - Holocene
07-07 San Francisco, CA - The Independent
07-08 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
07-09 San Diego, CA - Casbah
07-19 Brooklyn, NY - Williamsburg Waterfront
08-15 Oslo, Norway - Oya Festival
09-09 Paris, France - Maroquinerie
09-11 Dorset, England - End Of The Road Festival
09-12 Isle Of Wight, England - Bestival
09-13 London, England - Scala
09-16 Dublin, Ireland - Whelans
09-19 Brussels, Belgium - Botanique
09-20 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
09-21 Berlin, Germany - Kreuzberg Festival
09-25 Toulouse, France - Le Printemps de Septembre Festival



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