The tour with which the legendary British band Camel was to tour a number of venues in Europe and the United Kingdom in May-June of this year has unfortunately been canceled due to personal circumstances of founder/guitarist Andrew (Andy) Latimer. This also applies to the performances that Camel would give on May 3 and 4 in TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht. Ticket buyers have now been informed by the venue owner. Camel issued the following statement on its website:
It is with great regret that Camel Productions has to announce the cancellation of Camel’s 2023 tour. Shortly after rehearsals, Andrew Latimer suffered a sharp pain in his lower back that continued down his leg and foot. The recovery time is uncertain, so cancellation is unavoidable. We know this news will be extremely upsetting to fans, as it is to the band. We are all so grateful for the support from fans who have purchased tickets and we are especially grateful for the many emails from fans far and wide sharing their enthusiasm. Throughout his career, Andrew Latimer has faced numerous physical challenges on tours and has always overcome them. Camel looks to the future for another chance to write The Final Chapter.
As already indicated in the press release, Camel, in this case its leader Latimer, has previously struggled with physical discomfort. For example, the band was inactive for a long time in the mid-2000s when the guitarist recovered from a rare bone marrow disorder. A number of concerts during the 2018 tour also had to be canceled due to back problems from the now 73-year-old founder of the band. We wish Andy Latimer a speedy recovery.