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Daniel Lanois in hospital after serious accident

Daniel Lanois in 2007

Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail

Internationally renowned guitarist and music producer Daniel Lanois has had to cancel a number of upcoming concerts after suffering a serious motorcycle accident in Los Angeles Saturday.

Lanois was riding in the hilly Silverlake section of L.A. when he fell. He reportedly suffered multiple injuries but is expected to be released from intensive care soon, according to a statement from Jive Records. He will be recuperating for the next two months.

Veteran music journalist Larry LeBlanc, a long-time friend of Lanois, spoke to the musician on Lanois's cellphone Tuesday. The musician said he had many broken bones and indicated he was in pain, but spoke lucidly and did not seem noticeably under heavy sedation.

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"He just said, Look, I got a lot of broken bones," LeBlanc said. "He's always an 'up' person anyways."

Lanois lives in L.A. but the cellphone was a Toronto mobile number, LeBlanc noted. Originally from Hull, Quebec, Danois maintains close ties to Toronto and is said to split his time between Toronto and L.A.

Lanois was due to tour his latest project, the Black Dub Collective, in Europe next month. Those dates have been cancelled, along with a stop in Montreal on July 2.

With his new group, Lanois has been moving his mellow, atmospheric sound in a somewhat more pop direction, reminiscent of the chiming guitars and pulsing bass of his career-defining production work with Brian Eno on a number of U2 albums, including The Unforgettable Fire and Joshua Tree.

Among his long CV of production credits, he also famously produced Bob Dylan's critically acclaimed album Oh Mercy, which helped lift Dylan from the critical trough he had fallen into during a string of less successful albums in the mid 1980s.

News of Lanois's accident was a surprise to many. Even some people close to Lanois, who is known as a private person, were said to have been unaware of his injuries.

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