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UPDATED WITH NEW DATES: Semisonic postpone First Ave, Turf Club shows

A still from Semisonic's 'Closing Time' video (1998)

Semisonic have announced that they regretfully have to postpone their shows at the Turf Club and First Avenue, due to an accidental injury sustained by drummer Jacob Slichter.

Update 1/6: First Avenue and Semisonic have announced rescheduled dates for these performances. The Jan. 5 show at the Turf Club has been rescheduled for Wednesday, June 14. The Jan. 7 show at First Avenue has been rescheduled for Friday, June 16. Both venues will remain the same, and tickets to the postponed shows will be honored on the rescheduled dates.

“Semisonic regrets to announce that their shows this week at the Turf Club and First Avenue are postponed due to injury,” said the band in a statement. “Jake Slichter from the group slipped on ice this week and fractured his wrist. He expects a speedy recovery.” Ticketholders should hold on to their tickets for use on the rescheduled dates, and can direct any questions about ticketing to info@first-avenue.com.

In a goodhearted post on Facebook, Slichter elaborated on the circumstances of the injury.

Monday evening, minutes after rehearsing with Dan and John for the first time in years, I stepped out into an ice-covered Minneapolis night and my feet kept going. The ensuing fall fractured my left hand and sprained both wrists. Also badly bruised, broken, and crushed: my ego, heart, spirits. I was soooo looking forward to the Semisonic shows this week, but they will have to wait.

Slichter goes on to write that he’s expected to recover fully, and to be drumming again in six weeks.

The shows celebrate the 20th anniversary of Semisonic’s debut album Great Divide. When Slichter heals up, it sounds like Semisonic will be right back at it. Speaking with The Current’s Brian Oake and Jill Riley last month, bassist John Munson hinted that the band had been discussing potential shows celebrating their 1998 album Feeling Strangely Fine and maybe even heading to the studio to record new music.