The Black Keys' upcoming Australian tour (which includes a headline slot at Bluesfest) has been cancelled.

Drummer Patrick Carney's serious shoulder injury has forced The Black Keys to cancel shows in Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

The band released an official statement saying:

“We are very sorry to have to cancel our upcoming performances through April 23. Patrick sustained a dislocated and broken shoulder in January that required surgery. Working with the doctors, surgeons and physiotherapists since January, we had expected Patrick to be ready to return to touring in April. The recovery process and physical therapy has taken longer than anticipated and unfortunately Patrick is still unable to perform and needs additional time to heal. We thank all of our fans for their ongoing support and we look forward to getting back on the road as soon as possible.”

Carney's injury happened on January 3 during a bodysurfing accident that dislocated and broke his shoulder.

The Alabama Shakes will now close the Mojo stage at Bluesfest in place of The Black Keys.

All tickets (outside of Bluesfest Byron Bay) will be refunded at their point of purchase. For Bluesfest Byron Bay refund policies please visit bluesfest.com.au.