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Producer Daniel Lanois in Intensive Care after LA Motorcycle Accident

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Tue, Jun 8, 2010 at 12:25 PM

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The NME reports that producer and performer Daniel Lanois, known for his atmospheric collaborations with Brian Eno, U2 and Bob Dylan, suffered a motorcycle accident in LA that forced him to postpone a UK tour. The report is not specific as to the details:

The Quebec-born musician/producer, best known for his work on U2's 1987 album 'The Joshua Tree', suffered the accident recently in Los Angeles.

His London show with his Daniel Lanois Black Dub collective, which had been set for the Jazz Café venue on July 27, has been cancelled.

Ticket holders can get refunds from points of purchase.

UPDATE: Though not a lot of details are known about the Saturday accident, the Montreal Gazette adds a statement from Lanois' label and some background about his passion for motorbikes:

"Due to the severity of the injuries, Lanois has cancelled all upcoming tour dates and promotional activity and will be recuperating for the next two months," said a statement issued Tuesday by the New York City-based label, Jive Records. No further details were available on the extent of his injuries suffered in the Saturday accident. Media reports indicate he suffered numerous broken bones. [...]

An avid motorcyclist who earned his motorcycle license on a Harley-Davidson Sportster when he was 16, Lanois said in an 2008 interview with The Citizen that he does not own a car, but has several motorcycles, including a high-performance BMW sport bike and an old Harley.

"We of the iron horse, we don't mix up too many things together," Lanois told The Citizen. "We concentrate on what we're doing. We also exercise that part of our brain that embraces telepathy so we anticipate what people are thinking around us, which is what I do for a living, with my music."

When he's riding a motorcycle, Lanois said he is able to focus. "I'm not on the phone. I'm not multi-tasking. I'm not trying to do too much. I'm concentrating on one thing at a time, which is part of what makes music beautiful, and what makes life beautiful."

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