Mastodon guitarist Bill Kelliher has been hospitalized in London since November 3, as the band performed on the Unholy Alliance: Chapter III tour with headliner Slayer and supporting acts Trivium and Amon Amart. According to the band’s Web Site, Kelliher’s undisclosed condition is improving, and doctors continue to monitor it.

Although they had to bow out of two shows — November 3 show at Academy in Glasgow, Scotland, and November 5 show at Stadthalle in Offenbach, Germany — the Atlanta-based hard rock quartet has decided to continue on the tour as a trio. Doctors are hopeful that Kelliher will rejoin his band mates in time for their headlining tour of Europe, which begins November 30 in Utrecht, Netherlands, and ends on December 7, at the All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival in Somerset, England.

Earlier this summer, the Grammy nominated Mastodon was Metallica‘s special guest for 12 concerts in Europe. The band’s fourth studio album, “Crack the Sky,” is scheduled for an early 2009 release from Reprise Records.

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