Tyler, The Creator offers surreal explanation for cancelling tour

From BBC - March 13, 2018

Tyler, the Creator has pulled out of his South American tour, offering a cryptic explanation to fans.

"I know y'all was really, really looking forward to it," the rapper wrote on Twitter. "But sometimes a duck is not a jean jacket."

We are sure it made sense at the time.

While shows in Brazil, Argentina and Chile have been called off, European festival dates - including Dublin's Longitude and Barcelona's Primavera - are currently unaffected.

Tyler promised he'd return to South America "one day".

The musician's news came on the same day as UK pop group Clean Bandit scrapped their US tour, with keyboard player Jack Patterson explaining he needed surgery on his foot.

But Tyler and Jack are not the first people to scrap tours for unconventional reasons.

Here are seven other notorious concert cancellations.

Neil Young's sandwich tragedy

Harvest Moon singer Neil Young had to scrap an entire European tour in 1997 after he sliced off the top of his finger while making a ham sandwich.

"I'd have eaten the thing in one piece if I'd known that cutting it in half would jeopardize the tour," he said in a statement. "It's macaroni and cheese from now on."

Young was urged to stay away from guitars while the finger healed. He missed 16 dates, including an appearance at the Glastonbury festival.

Kings of Leon attacked by pigeons

Kings of Leon were forced to cut short a performance in St Louis, Missouri, in 2010 after a flock of pigeons nestling above the stage took a dislike to their act.

The band quit three songs into their set, with drummer Nathan Followill explaining to fans that a bird defecated directly into bassist Jared Followill's mouth.

"Too unsanitary to continue," he wrote on Twitter. "Do not take it out on Jared, it's the venue's fault. You may enjoy being [defecated] on but we do not."

The Telegraph called it "the most eloquent live review in history."

Morrissey's penne pasta poisoning

Former Smiths frontman Morrissey has terrible luck when it comes to live shows - having suffered flu, throat infections and sinusitis on the road.

But in 2013, he had to scrap nine dates of a South American tour after a serious bout of food poisoning. He described the circumstances in a typically melodramatic statement:

"I ca not give words to the sorrow I feel at the loss of perfect Peru. Oh, black cloud. After such a victorious and uplifting welcome of Lima love, the contaminated jinx had its way via a simple restaurant meal of penne pasta and tomato. Three hours later, both I, and security Liam have collapsed with a deadly and delirious bedridden disease. Five days of round-the-clock medical supervision just barely controls the corrosively toxic food poisoning. I know my luck too well. Sorrow replaces joy, and in every dream home a heartache. It could only be me."

The following year, Morrissey cancelled a string of dates in the US, blaming his support act for giving him a "horrendous cold".

Keith Richards falls out of a tree

The Rolling Stones postponed the start of their 2006 European tour after guitarist Keith Richards fell out of a coconut tree in Fiji.

He and fellow-guitarist Ronnie Wood were apparently trying to climb the tree when he fell 15 feet to the ground, hitting his head.

Janet Jackson gets vertigo

Liam Gallagher goes house hunting

The Black Keys' surfing injury


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