Published May 03, 2017Last night (May 2) the sad news broke that Grandaddy co-founder and long-standing bass player Kevin Garcia had passed away following what was described as a "massive stroke." With a tour set to kick off this weekend, however, several of the band's dates have now been cancelled or postponed.
Among the newly cancelled dates are a West Coast tour kickoff in Vancouver on Sunday (May 7). So far, the Portland concert on May 9 has also been called off, as well as the May 11 show in San Francisco.
Concerts in L.A. and Pioneertown, CA, are currently listed as "postponed," while the status of a Seattle date on May 9 is unclear as of press time.
UPDATE (5/3, 6:30 p.m. EDT): A rep has now confirmed to Pitchfork that the entire West Coast tour is cancelled. "Given the circumstances, we unfortunately have to cancel our upcoming U.S. tour dates," the band said in a statement. "We hope to reschedule these at some point in the future."
A press release for the Vancouver cancellation explains, "Tickets purchased online and by telephone will be refunded automatically. Ticket holders that bought in person are eligible for a refund at their point-of-purchase."
You can see all the band's upcoming tour dates as they currently stand over here. At this point, they stretch well into the summer and include a European jaunt. It's unclear if more dates will be affected.
As previously reported, Garcia died Monday (May 1) after suffering a stroke. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for the upcoming expenses of Garcia's family.
05/08 Seattle, WA - Neptune
05/09 Portland, OR - Revolution Hall
05/11 San Francisco - The Regency Ballroom
05/12 Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theatre
05/13 Pioneertown, CA - Pabby & Harriet's