As we reported a few days ago, Pearl Jam were all set to hit the road and tour in support of their first album in seven years on March 18th.
This has now been postponed due to growing fears about the growth of Coronavirus and the general recommendations that have been given out to avoid large crowd gatherings.
The band announced the North American leg would be postponed in a tweet on Monday. Pearl Jam explained their decision to postpone the tour and expressed their disappointment but found there was no other option but to cancel.
(1/10) 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. pic.twitter.com/SRcZasIVsk
— Pearl Jam (@PearlJam) March 10, 2020
The Tweet said the following: “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.”
It went on: “It’s been brutal and it’s gonna get worse before it gets better. So we are being told that being part of large gatherings is high on the list of things to avoid as this global health crisis is now beginning to affect all of our lives.”
Placing the safety of their fans as a top priority they went on to say:
“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,’ they added. ‘So it is with deep frustration and regret that we are forced to make this most unfortunate of announcements.’
The band also explained that they had been working with the powers that be to find another solution instead of postponing and canceling shows, but explained that: “the levels of risk to our audience and their communities is simply too high for our comfort level.”
We can’t help but think that this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to live music in general.