Cult rockers The Decemberists have scrapped the remaining dates on their U.S. tour to allow an unnamed band member to recover from a serious illness. All 28 shows in cities like New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego have been axed. A band statement released on Monday (05Nov07) reads, "One of our band members has been ill for a while but we thought all would be well in time for these tour dates. "After a couple shows, though, it has become clear that the illness is much worse than we had initially realised. We need to return home so our friend can mend. "It saddens us to disappoint our fans. We hope everybody understands it is only because of an extreme situation that we had to cancel a tour we've all been excited about doing since the idea was originally hatched." The group and staff at The Decemberists' record label refused to name the ill band member or release more information about the ailment.