Contributed by Archangel, Posted by Warner Music Group

The Decemberists have been forced to cancel their European tour due to what appears to be an unnamed illness affecting a member of the band. They explained:

With much regret The Decemberists have cancelled the remainder of our European tour. One of our band members is ill and needs to return immediately home to mend.

Our deepest apologies to all of our fans whom have purchased tickets to our forthcoming European shows. Unfortunately our calendar doesn't allow us to return to Europe at any point soon so please refund tickets at point of purchase.

It saddens us to disappoint our fans. We hope everybody understands that it is because of an extreme situation that we had to make such an abrupt change in plans.

The band released The Crane Wife last year.