Pearl Jam cancels last two dates of spring tour after internal COVID cases

And just like that, Pearl Jam’s Spring 2022 tour is over. The group announced that its last two shows had been canceled after a second member of the group tested positive for COVID, eliminating stops in Sacramento and Las Vegas.

Before the cancellation of the last two stops this spring, the band chained a last-minute replacement drummer for a show in Oakland after Matt Cameron tested positive for the virus, then asked original drummer Dave Krusen to play with them. in Fresno. However, they opted to call things off altogether after bassist Jeff Ament also tested positive. “It’s horrible for everyone involved,” the band said in a statement. posted on its website and social networks. “We are especially sorry for those who planned to attend these shows.”

The news came just hours before the band hit the stage in Sacramento and two days before the Las Vegas date. The band are out until their European leg of the tour kicks off in June and won’t play North America again until the fall, when they have 11 more dates in Canada and the United States.

Pearl Jam’s reasoning for canceling rather than postponing the two remaining shows was not given. But it’s at least possible that the logistical nightmare that would lead to a show postponement when the band took an aggressive stance against ticket transfers or resale rights on recent tours played a part. On the 2022 tour, Pearl Jam elected to use Ticketmaster’s “safe-tix” mobile ticketing system to prevent its fans from transferring or reselling tickets for their concerts entirely. The only two shows exempt from this restriction are in New York and Colorado – states that require consumer choice in ticketing format, making the “safetix” block of consumer ticketing rights illegal.

If the two canceled shows this week had been postponed, it would likely have resulted in huge complaints from fans about their inability to transfer or resell their seats if they couldn’t attend the new event dates, especially considering from the fact that the band themselves charged huge prices for many of the tickets on this tour, labeled as “PJ Premium” tickets during the initial sale.

Instead, those who purchased tickets to Sacramento and Las Vegas now have freer-than-expected schedules this week and will be refunded. If they want to try and catch a show in the fall, they’ll have 10 shows they can try, but none closer than Denver.

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Pearl Jam North America Tour Dates 2022

September 1 – Quebec, QC | Videotron Center
September 3 – Ottawa, ON | Canadian Tire Center
September 6 – Hamilton, ON | FirstOntario Center
September 8 – Toronto, ON | Scotiabank Arena
September 11 – New York, NY | Madison Square Garden
September 14 – Camden, NJ | Waterfront music pavilion
September 16 – Nashville, TN | Bridgestone Arena
September 18 – St. Louis, MO | business center
September 20 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | Payment center
September 22 – Denver, CO | ball arena