Eddie Vedder's Throat Damaged by Europe Wildfires, Pearl Jam Cancel Austria Show

"He has seen doctors and had treatment, but, as of yet, his vocal cords have not recovered"

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Jul 21, 2022

Pearl Jam were forced to cancel a European tour performance in Vienna, Austria yesterday (July 20) after frontman Eddie Vedder suffered throat damage from wildfires burning across the continent.

"To all those who were anticipating a great Pearl Jam show tonight in Vienna, we were too. However, due to the extreme circumstances at the last outdoor site outside of Paris (heat, dust, and smoke from the fires) our singer Ed Vedder's throat was left damaged," the band shared in a statement shared via their website.

Pearl Jam added that Vedder "has seen doctors and had treatment but as of yet, his vocal cords have not recovered. This is brutal news and horrible timing…for everyone involved."

Without a high schooler ready to fill in, Pearl Jam concluded, "As a band, we are deeply sorry and have tried to find options to still play. And Ed wants to play. There's just no throat available at this time…So very, very deeply sorry. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase. Thank you for understanding."

At present, Pearl Jam's July 22 date at Prague's 02 Arena is still slated to take place. In September, the band will play four shows in Canada alongside Pluralone.

Pearl Jam are currently touring behind their 2020 LP Gigaton. Earlier this month, the band delivered a new Tour Edition of the album.

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