British band The Darkness have cancelled the Australian and New Zealand leg of their world tour shows due to the poor health of one of their members.

Set to tour Australian and New Zealand alongside Joan Jett and the Blackhearts in April, the band released a statement today saying all concerts will be cancelled due to the ill health of their drummer, Ed Graham.

"It is with great regret that we are having to cancel The Darkness' planned April dates in Australia/New Zealand. As some of you may be aware, Ed has had some prior history with hip problems, which resulted in extensive surgery a few years ago, and caused him to miss some US dates in 2012."

Over the past few weeks, Graham's condition had worsened and had been advised to rest and undergo tests before "potentially taking a backwards step and making matters worse", the statement said.


The band would be finishing its European leg of the tour but Graham would then be forced to take time out.

"This very sadly results in the immediate cancellation of the Antipodean tour."

All ticket holders are eligible for refunds.