Slipknot has been forced to pull out its European festival run after drummer Joey Jordison broke his ankle. Affected festival appearances include Leeds and...

Slipknot has been forced to pull out its European festival run after drummer Joey Jordison broke his ankle. Affected festival appearances include Leeds and Reading in the UK (August 22 and August 23), as well as 2 Days a Week and Area 4 in Germany (August 29 and August 31).

A post on the band’s Web site explained, “Doctors have advised Joey to stay off his leg for 4-6 weeks to prevent further injury or permanent and more serious damage… Canceling shows is never an easy decision, and we apologize to all our fans, friends and family for not being there to throw down with you. We will be back in Europe this November.”

Jordison will have ample time to recover since the band’s Australian tour doesn’t start until October 24. The band just completed a headlining slot on the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival.

Slipknot also confirmed a UK tour that will begin on December 1. The band’s new album and first studio album in five years, “All Hope is Gone,” drops on August 26.