Pulled performances include the band’s slots at Australia’s Homebake, Pyramid Rock and Big Day Out festivals and a tour of Japan that was set to kick off at the end of November.
“Craig Nicholls’ mental condition has deteriorated extremely rapidly over the past month to the point where he requires immediate help over an extended period of time,” the group said in a statement on their Web site.
Nicholls was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome in 2004 and underwent treatment for the condition following a stage incident that got The Vines banned from an Australian radio station.
“On behalf of The Vines we would like to extend our sincerest apologies to those of you who have bought tickets to see us perform and will not get to do so,” wrote drummer Hamish Rosser. “We are all absolutely devastated that we've been forced to cancel all upcoming shows as there's nothing we love more than playing on stage before an enthusiastic audience. We ask for your understanding in this situation”