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Traffic Cancel Tour

Drummer's illness forces group to miss dates

August 3, 2004 12:00 AM ET
Traffic have called off their fall reunion tour, as drummer Jim Capaldi begins treatment for a severe gastric ulcer. The tour would have kicked off on October 1st in San Francisco.

Frontman Steve Winwood announced the outing during the band's Bonnaroo appearance in June. Other than Winwood, Capaldi was the only other original member of Traffic on board. Multi-instrumentalist Chris Wood died in 1983 and guitarist Dave Mason has had a tempestuous relationship with Winwood over the years. Though Mason appeared with the group during its acceptance speech at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in March, he didn't join Winwood and Capaldi for a performance of "Dear Mr. Fantasy" at the event.

Mason said that he, Winwood and Capaldi played a few songs together at a New York City club gig three years ago, their first reunion in three decades. When asked about a Traffic reunion, he told Rolling Stone, "It would be nice to do something again with the right spirit." But Mason was not scheduled to play with the band this fall.

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