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Rodrigo y Gabriela cancel U.S. tour

on September 24, 2010, 3:00pm

If you’ve ever seen Rodrigo y Gabriela live, you know Gabriela is an absolute beast at rhythm guitar. The speed at which she smacks that thing seems out of this world. Well, turns out she’s human after all and all that fret-whacking has taken its toll. Citing doctor’s orders, the band canceled their entire U.S. tour next month. Here’s the announcement they posted on their website:

Rodrigo y Gabriela are deeply saddened to announce the cancellation of their forthcoming United States October tour.

After a year of relentless touring, the wear and tear finally caught up with Gabriela. Her incredibly physical style of play involves banging out complex rhythms on the neck and body of her guitar night after night, putting great stress upon her right hand and arm as well as joints like the wrist and elbow. It is under doctors recommendation that she rest her joints and muscles to avoid further harm and permanent damage. While the duo is incredibly frustrated to have to pull out of dates in cities they were very much looking forward to visiting for the first time, the move was an unavoidable reality that had to be made in order to ensure that Gabriela fully recovers and is able to play at full capacity for many years to come.

Rodrigo y Gabriela hope to return to the cities affected by the tour dates in the future and are grateful for their fans continued support and understanding.

These guys can’t catch a break. A few years ago they had to cancel another stateside tour because the U.S. apparently thought Rodrigo was a terrorist (he shared a name with someone on the watch list). For now though, their European dates in November remain on. Here’s the band’s full schedule, with canceled dates crossed out.

Rodrigo y Gabriela 2010 Tour Dates:
10/2 – Omaha, NE @ Holland Performing Arts Center
10/3 – Des Moines, IA @ Hoyt Sherman Place
10/5 – Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre
10/6 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater
10/8 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Bands
10/9 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Kalamazoo State Theatre
10/11 – Buffalo, NY @ Baird Point Amphitheatre
10/12 – Albany, NY @ The Egg-Hart Theatre
10/13 – Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre
10/15 – Charlottesville, VA @ Charlottesville Pavillion
10/16 – Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore Charlotte

10/30 – Fribourg, CH @ Fri-son
10/31 – Zurich, CH @ X-Tra
11/02 – London, UK @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
11/03 – London, UK @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
11/05 – London, UK @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
11/06 – London, UK @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
11/07 – London, UK @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
11/12 – Dublin, IE @ Grand Canal Theatre
11/13 – Dublin, IE @ Grand Canal Theatre
11/16 – Brest, FR @ La Carena
11/17 – Rennes, FR @ Les Liberte
11/19 – Paris, FR @ Le Zenith
11/20 – Clermont-Ferrand, FR @ Cooperative de Mai
11/23 – Bordeaux, FR @ Medoquine
11/24 – Grenoble, FR @ Summum Alpexpo
11/26 – Avignon, FR @ Salle de Montfavet
11/27 – Montpellier, FR @ Zenith
11/29 – Nancy, FR @ L’Autre Canal
11/30 – Rouen, FR @ Le 106

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