Billy Talent Drummer Has Open-Heart Surgery

Billy Talent drummer Aaron Solowoniuk has revealed that he underwent open-heart surgery on February 2 to repair a leaky aortic valve.

“The surgery went perfect but healing takes a while,” the 37-year-old wrote on the band’s website. “I never thought I would have to write another letter like this. In March of 2006, I wrote a letter telling you all I have MS. Now I am writing you to tell you that I have a problem with my heart that needed to be fixed.”

The Canadian pop-punk outfit has canceled its scheduled appearance in April at the Belgian rock festival Groezock, but plan to go ahead with dates this summer to support a upcoming new album.