After canceling a few dates on their current tour last week, Animal Collective have postponed the remaining dates on their North American jaunt because of illness. So if you had tickets for any of the seven shows still on the schedule -- we're looking at you, Minneapolis, St. Louis and Denver -- you're out of luck for now.

Band member Avey Tare issued the following statement:

To all of the AC fans out there. I feel its best you hear it right from the horses mouth. It kills me to have to postpone all these shows and it's something I could never even have imagined happening. I'm positive that we were as excited as you all to visit all of your towns and have a good time together. But because of the strain on my voice that's being caused by an intense case of strep throat, I am unable to play any of these shows. Unfortunately, I wasn't diagnosed soon enough and haven't been able to kick this in the right amount of time. We promise you all that we are doing everything we can to reschedule all these shows asap and we will be visiting your cities. We hope you can all understand and sympathize with the situation. It's been really fun for all of us to be playing these days and the energy you all give us makes us want to take it further and further with you and give it right back. Hopefully, we can continue to do this together soon. Until then. Stay Well.

As of now, the group's tour in support of their latest album, last year's 'Centipede Hz,' will resume on May 22 in Nimes, France, and continue through mid-July, when some of the recently canceled shows (including concerts in Cleveland and Royal Oak, Mich.) are rescheduled.

Presumably, the freshly postponed gigs will be put back on the schedule for sometime in mid June or July, when there are some openings in their itinerary. Right now, though, there's no definite word on rescheduled shows. "Details about rescheduled dates will be released as soon as they are available," reads the official press release.

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