The blues-rock duo have explained that this is because Patrick Carney, the band's sticksman, still needs time to recover from a serious shoulder injury he sustained at the end of last year.

Writing about the cancellation in a statement on their website, Carney and Dan Auerbach said:

"We are very sorry to have to cancel our upcoming performances through March 10.  Patrick needs time to heal.  We thank all of our fans for their support and we're looking forward to getting back on the road."

Dates affected include:

February

16 - Hallenstadion Zurich, Switzerland
17 - Mediolanum Forum Milan, Italy
19 - Zenith Munich, Germany
20 - Max-Schmeling-Halle Berlin, Germany
21 - Torwar Warsaw, Poland
23 - Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, The Netherlands
24 - Sportpaleis Antwerp, Belgium
25 - Mitsubishi Electric Halle Dusseldorf, Germany
27 - Phones 4U Arena Manchester, United Kingdom
28 - LG Arena Birmingham, United Kingdom

March

1 - The SSE Hydro Glasgow, United Kingdom
3 - The O2 London, United Kingdom
4 - Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, United Kingdom
5 - First Direct Arena Leeds, United Kingdom
7 - Halle Tony Garnier Lyon, France
9 - Zenith Paris, France
10 - Zenith Paris, France

The band's headline set at Isle Of Wight Festival 2015 will go ahead, and it's set to be their next UK show after they continue touring in April.

The dates will not be rescheduled. Refunds can be sought from point of purchase.