Japanese concerts cancelled

Jamiroquai have today (Monday) posted the following statement regarding the concerts later this week:

Hi Everybody,

Jay here - I want to send a message to all the people in Japan and anyone who has travelled to see the concert.

I cannot express how difficult it has been to have to cancel these shows even after sending all the freight, in the belief I would be able to do the show, something I was so looking forward to doing most particularly in light of how long it’s been since I have seen the wonderful and loyal Japanese fans of Jamiroquai.

However, the injury to my back has not healed. I have been given an intense program of rehabilitation and I would never been able to travel, let alone perform for you as I would want to, and not even anywhere close to it.

I also know that the chance of exacerbating the initial injury would be extremely high, and have been advised by experts in the field that there is a high percentage that this would be the case. This decision, I can promise you, has not come lightly.

This has proved an impossible situation.

So all I can do is apologise so deeply from my heart — on behalf of myself, the band, and my technical crew to the Japanese crew, the promoter and you the fans, and hope you can wait for us to return in the not too distant future when my mobility has returned, and I can give you a show truly worthy of myself.

This has been heartbreaking. Sending you all my love and apologies again.


PS/ Please note- All purchased tickets can be refunded at each point of purchase (Playguides) between the dates of Wednesday, 24 May to Monday, 10 July.

Jamiroquai were scheduled to perform in Japan on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.  A concert is still scheduled for South Korea on Sunday as part of the Seoul Jazz Festival and although not explicitely mentioned it is expected that the performance will not take place.

The next scheduled gig is on 12 June in Paris, which was rescheduled from earlier this month.

UPDATE: On Tuesday 23 May the Seoul Jazz Festival confirmed that Jamiroquai would not be performing at the event.

Jay Kay in hospital

After this weeks concert in Paris was postponed (until next month) a little earlier today Jamiroquai social media channels posted a video of Jay in hospital.  Jay says that he's had some injections in his back and at the moment is unable to move at the moment.

We wish Jay the speediest of recoveries as the band are due to perform in Japan a week today (24th May) - no doubt with a lot of album promotion in between the two dates in Japan and one in South Korea.

Paris private concert on 16 May

On 16 May Jamiroquai will be holding a private concert at the "Casino de Paris" in Paris.  Tickets to the concert can be won on Virgin Radio (France) or in a competition reserved for Société Générale bank offer 'So Music'.

Credit: David Mahieux

Jools Holland TV performance and BBC Top Gear reminder

Jamiroquai will be on the BBC Jools Holland show on Tuesday 25th April.  A 30 minute 'live' broadcast is shown on the Tuesday followed by the full show on Friday 28th.

Don't also forget that Jay appears (and drives) on BBC television show Top Gear which is shown in the UK later this evening (Sunday) and available online after the broadcast.

UPDATE: On the evening of Tuesday 25th April, hours before the live broadcast the BBC announced that Jamiroquai would not be on the show.

Toby Smith - 1970-2017

Toby Smith

It is with great sadness to hear and relay the news that original Jamiroquai keyboard player Toby Smith died on 11th April 2017.  He was an original member of the band until 2002 when he left to spend more time with his family.  He set up a recording studio at his home, started producing cider with some friends, built up a love (and garage) of classic cars and was a keen horse rider.  This is a very sad day for all Jamiroquai fans. Much love to his wife, children and the rest of his family.

Too Young To Die x

Update: Jay has posted a message on the bands Facebook page and tweeted "We will always miss you Toby, without you there would be no Jamiroquai".

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