Arctic Monkeys Are One Member Down

Life on the road can take its toll on a band. Although they can drink Oasis under the table, one member of the Arctic Monkeys has run out of steam and is not returning to North America with his bandmates for their May/June tour. According to NME, bassist Andy Nicholson is taking a break from this string of dates due to exhaustion.

The band explained the situation in the following statement: "Owing to fatigue following an intensive period of touring, Andy Nicholson shall be taking a rest and will not be accompanying Arctic Monkeys on their forthcoming tour of North America. Nick O'Malley shall be standing in for Andy on the tour which begins in Vancouver on May 27th. We all wish Andy a speedy recovery."

The band is returning just in time to celebrate the release of their digital EP, Who The Fuck Are The Arctic Monkeys, which hits online retailers on May 27. In case you missed it the first time, here are the Arctic Monkey's upcoming US tour dates.

05.27.06 - Vancouver, BC (Commodore)
05.28.06 - George, WA (Sasquatch Festival)

05.29.06 - Portland, OR (Roseland)
05.31.06 - San Francisco, CA (Warfield)
06.02.06 - San Diego, CA (Soma)
06.03.06 - Los Angeles, CA (Wiltern)
06.04.06 - Tempe, AZ (Marquee)
06.06.06 - Dallas, TX (Granada)
06.07.06 - Austin, TX (Stubbs)
06.08.06 - Houston, TX (Warehouse)
06.10.06 - Atlanta, GA (Roxy)
06.11.06 - Norfolk, VA (Norva)
06.12.06 - Baltimore, MD (Sonar)
06.14.06 - New York, NY (Roseland)
06.15.06 - Boston, MA (Avalon)
06.16.06 - Montreal (Le Medley)
06.17.06 - Toronto (Kool Haus)

Arctic Monkeys Are One Member Down