Ed Sheeran Nixes Asia Tour Dates After Bike Accident

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Ed Sheeran

The singer-songwriter canceled the first seven concerts of his trek, which was due to kick off Sunday in Taipei.

Ed Sheeran has scrapped half his tour of Asia after suffering multiple injuries to his arms in a bike accident. 

The British singer-songwriter will miss the first seven concerts of his trek, which was due to kick off Sunday in Taipei. Sheeran broke the bad news Tuesday with an Instagram post: “A visit to my doctors confirmed fractures in my right wrist and left elbow that will leave me unable to perform live concerts for the immediate future. Sadly, this means that the following shows will not be able to go ahead as planned: Taipei, Osaka, Seoul, Tokyo and Hong Kong. I’m waiting to see how the healing progresses before we have to decide on shows beyond that. Please stay tuned for more details.” 

The injuries are so severe, we're told, Sheeran dictated the message. Both arms are either in plaster or bandaged, which clearly rules out his playing a guitar over a two-hour concert.  

What that means is Sheeran is out of action until the second week of November, at best. As it stands, his shows in Manila, Jakarta, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Mumbai and Dubai concerts will go ahead as planned, assuming he makes a speedy recovery.

Sheeran’s Asia tour is scheduled to wrap Nov. 19, after which he will have a lengthy stint on the sidelines to further recuperate. His next outing is a tour of Australia, starting in early March. It's a safe bet Sheeran will be kept away from bikes for the foreseeable future.

This story first appeared on Billboard.com.