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Decemberists cancel 28 shows due to illness

PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) — The Decemberists have canceled the rest of their fall tour, citing an illness to an undisclosed band member.

Nate Query and Colin Meloy of the Decemberists perform in New York in July.

After performing in Chicago earlier in the week, the Portland-based band canceled 28 remaining shows, including concerts in major markets such as New York, Boston, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and Washington, D.C.

“One of our band members has been ill for a while but we thought all would be well in time for these tour dates,” the band said in a statement on its Web site. “After a couple shows, though, it has become clear that the illness is much worse than we had initially realized. We need to return home so our friend can mend.”

The statement did not say which band member is sick, and the band’s record label also would not divulge more details.

“The statement is the information that we’re giving out,” said Courtney Martin at Capitol, which released the band’s major-label debut, “The Crane Wife,” in October 2006. “The statement is what it is.”

The band has been touring relentlessly since “The Crane Wife” came out to critical praise last year.

“It saddens us to disappoint our fans,” the band said on the Web site. “We hope everybody understands it is only because of an extreme situation that we had to cancel a tour we’ve all been excited about doing since the idea was originally hatched.

“Our deepest apologies but at this time no plans are being made to reschedule the dates.”