Airbourne Drummer Sidelined By Gastroenteritis

By Andy Doerschuk Published December 1, 2010

This hasn’t been a very good day for Australian drummers. Following Phil Rudd’s drug conviction, those rowdy rockers in Airbourne had to cancel tomorrow night’s show at the Brixton Academy in London after drummer Ryan O’Keeffe was stricken with gastroenteritis, a painful inflammation of the intestines. O’Keeffe has been undergoing treatment and the band hopes to make its headlining spot at this weekend’s Hard Rock Hell IV festival in Wales.

“This decision does not come lightly and only in a very serious situation would we resort to the postponing of a show,” the band announced on its website. “We sincerely apologise to everyone for the inconvenience. The doctor is telling us that Ryan will have trouble hitting the drums with a drip in his arm. The doc does report that he should respond fairly quickly to the treatments.”