After Deep Purple canceled concerts in Sweden and Denmark this week, drummer Ian Paice issued a statement about his health to explain why those gigs had to be canceled and “to stop all the speculation and rumours.”
The 67-year-old Paice — who is the band’s longest-tenured and only continuous member — explained on the band’s website on Thursday that after waking up on Tuesday with numbness on the right side of his body and an inability to control his right hand, he checked into a Stockholm hospital and was diagnosed with a transient ischemic attack (TIA), or what’s commonly referred to as a “mini-stroke” or “warning stroke.” CT and MRI scans found no serious or permanent damage. “As of this moment all I am suffering is a slightly numb right side of the face a tingling sensation in my right hand,” he wrote. “My dexterity in the hand is coming back quickly and I fully expect to recommence touring next month.”
In apologizing for the cancellation, he added, “These are the first shows I have missed with DP since its formation in 1968.”
On Friday, he posted an update, thanking everyone for their concern about his health and noting that his progress was “great.”
Paice and his Deep Purple bandmates were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April.