Franz Ferdinand Drummer Drops Out Of Tour

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Franz Ferdinand drummer Paul Thomson dropped out of the band’s tour on Saturday after suffering a gruesome finger injury.

“We’re sad to say that Paul’s finger was crushed by an ugly piece of art which fell from the wall of a hotel lobby in Casablanca,” read a tweet from Franz Ferdinand. “The bone has splintered into small pieces and he is unable to hold a drumstick without experiencing intense pain.

"Paul will be unable to continue this tour while it heals. We are happy to welcome our friend Mike Evans who will stand in for him temporarily.”

Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos tweeted “the painting was truly awful” and encouraged fans to follow Evans, “who is filling in on fills, beats and generally fabulous drumming while our dear Paul Thommo recovers from having his finger bone pulverised in Casablanca.”

Bassist Bob Hardy took to Twitter to assign blame. “This wouldn’t have happened if we hadn’t had to wait so long in the lobby, and we had to wait so long in the lobby because the Moroccan royal family had taken our rooms, that we’d booked months before.”

The Scottish band is on tour in Europe until late August.