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Franz Ferdinand’s drummer hurt in the finger because of an «ugly piece of art» in Casablanca

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Scottish rock band Franz Ferdinand. / Ph. DR

The drummer of Scottish band Franz Ferdinand was unable to play during a festival in Morocco because of a weird accident that occurred in a Casablanca hotel.

In Morocco to perform during Jazzablanca (July 2-12), the Grammy-nominated rock band tweeted on July 6, that their drummer, percussionist and back vocalist Paul Thomson was hurt in his finger after an «ugly piece of art» fell on his hand in a Casablanca hotel.

«We’re sad to say that Paul’s finger was crushed by an ugly piece of art which fell from the wall of a hotel lobby in Casablanca», the Franz Ferdinand tweeted. The band added that the drummer’s «bone has splintered into small pieces and he is unable to hold a drumstick without experiencing intense pain».

Later in the day, the Glasgow-based band took to Twitter, confirming to fans that Thomson wouldn’t be able to play in the concert hosted in Casablanca. «Paul will be unable to continue this tour while it heals», they said, announcing : «We are happy to welcome our friend Mike Evans who will stand in for him temporarily».

On Friday, July 12, almost one week after the «incident», the United Kingdom’s Consul General Chris Frean tweeted, commenting on what happened. «In case anyone wonders, the present Consul General was not called upon to assist», he wrote, adding that «not many hotels here (Casablanca) have ugly art, though, so can’t be that hard to find out».

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