Pearl Jam has postponed their upcoming North American tour due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus. The band announced the news in a series of Tweets on Monday evening.
The band was originally scheduled to kick off the tour March 18th in support of their forthcoming album, Gigaton.
“As residents of the city of Seattle, we’ve been hit hard and have witnessed firsthand how quickly these disastrous situations can escalate. Our kids’ schools have closed along with universities and businesses,” the band’s statement reads. “It’s been brutal and it’s gonna get worse before it gets better… Unfortunately, communing in large groups is a huge part of what we do as a band and the tour we’ve been busy planning for months is now in jeopardy… We have and will always keep the safety and well-being of our supporters as top priority.”
“It certainly hasn’t helped that there’s been no clear messages from our government regarding people’s safety and our ability to go to work. Having no examples of our national health department’s ability to get ahead of this, we have no reason to believe that it will be under control in the coming weeks ahead.”
“Again, here in Seattle what we are witnessing we would not wish for anyone. What we do wish for the rest of the country is that they can avoid the harsh negative effects of this and retain their sense of community and take care of one another. Just as we look forward to our next concerts and the ability to gather together and play loud songs as energized as ever. We are so sorry… And deeply upset..” The message concludes. “If anyone out there feels the same based on this news, we share that emotion with you.”
See the band’s full statement below.
A later Tweet clarifies that ticketholders will receive information from Ticketmaster shortly regarding their purchased tickets and that tickets for the original show dates will be honoured for the new dates.
Pearl Jam’s Gigaton is due out March 27th and is available for pre-order now.