Beady Eye guitarist Gem Archer is expected to ‘make a full recovery over the next few weeks,’ according to a statement published on the band’s website. The 46 year-old was hospitalized earlier this month with severe head trauma. According to the Sun, the injury was caused by a fall down stairs in his home on the evening of August 1 and resulted in a serious skull fracture that kept him in hospital under observation. The band’s official statement has refrained from revealing more information on the nature of the accident.
In their August 18 statement, the band thanked their fans for support during the stressful time. It said, ‘A big thank you to everybody who’s been in touch to give messages of support for Gem following his accident. He and his family really appreciate it and so do the band.’
The statement went on to say that Archer is ‘doing well so far and is expected to make a full recovery over the next few weeks.’ The band also confirmed that they hope to go ahead with their forthcoming nine-date autumn tour as planned. ‘We are buzzing about getting back on stage for the UK and Ireland dates in November.’ Archer’s injury forced Beady Eye to cancel all scheduled appearances for August, including last weekend’s V Festival. ‘We are gutted about all the cancelled shows but thank you for your understanding that we need to prioritise our mate and his recovery.’
Beady Eye’s assessment of Archer’s progress appears to be a little more optimistic than that put forward by the guitarist’s wife, Lou Archer, on Twitter over the weekend. In a series of replies to supporters, she revealed the guitarist is still ‘very poorly,’ but said that, ‘slow and steady, he’s getting there.’ When asked whether the musician is likely to be ready to rejoin Beady Eye before the end of the year, she wrote, ‘ I really don’t know. He needs to mend, how long it will take I’m not sure. He’s a tough cookie.’