Reverend’s back injury scuppers Sheffield Leadmill gig

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IT was supposed to be a triumphant homecoming gig - but instead of spending the night playing his songs to loyal fans, Sheffield musician Jon McClure languished in a wheelchair instead.

The 30-year-old Reverend and the Makers frontman had to cancel the band’s gig at the Leadmill last night after injuring his back.

He told The Star he was in ‘absolute agony’ after suffering his unspecified accident.

The gig - which sold out in just six minutes - has been rescheduled for Friday, May 25, and fans unable to attend will be able to get their money back.

In a statement, Jon said: “I’m so sorry to anyone who has bought tickets for tonight’s gig. I have mashed myself somewhere down the road to the point where it hurts to stand up.

“I’d rather reschedule the gig than not give the good people of Sheffield their money’s worth.

“We’ve been away for a long time. This gig deserved to be special and, once I’m match fit, it will be.”

Original tickets will remain valid for the rescheduled date.

Fans who are unable to make the new date should contact their point of purchase, and refunds will be available until Monday, May 21.

Reverend and the Makers’ third album is due for release this summer.

The Sheffield date was part of a low-key warm up tour, and the band are set to play huge stadium gigs with the Red Hot Chili Peppers in summer.