Pearl Jam Postpone North American Tour over Coronavirus

"It is with deep frustration and regret that we are forced to make this most unfortunate of announcements..."
Pearl Jam Postpone North American Tour over Coronavirus
Pearl Jam have postponed their upcoming North America tour due to concerns over the coronavirus, including their various Canadian dates.

The band made the announcement via their socials, releasing a statement that revealed the decision to put the health and safety of fans over the group's touring commitments.

This means that Pearl Jam's fast-approaching tour dates in Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City and Hamilton will no longer take place in March, while the following U.S. stops on the tour have also been pushed back.

As of press time, it's unclear when the postponed North American dates will now take place. So far, the European dates have not been postponed.

Pearl Jam's statement reads in part:

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'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.

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.

So it is with deep frustration and regret that we are forced to make this most unfortunate of announcements... This scheduled first leg of our PJ/Gigaton tour will need to be postponed and shows rescheduled for a later date.


You can see all the affected dates below, as well as Pearl Jam's full statement. It is unclear if the group's upcoming public listening parties, which will be held in various movie theatres, will still take place on March 25.

The tour comes in support of the band's upcoming album Gigaton, which is out on March 27 via Monkeywrench/Republic.

COVID-19 has now killed approximately 4,000 people worldwide and infected well over 100,000, leading to major impacts on the entertainment world. Last week, SXSW was cancelled over fears of the virus, while Miami's Ultra Music Festival was also axed and the forthcoming James Bond film No Time to Die had its release delayed until November. Multiple artists have also cancelled their tours, though until now primarily overseas.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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'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. 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. So it is with deep frustration and regret that we are forced to make this most unfortunate of announcements... This scheduled first leg of our PJ/Gigaton tour will need to be postponed and shows rescheduled for a later date. We've worked hard with all our management and business associates to find other solutions or options but the levels of risk to our audience and their communities is simply too high for our comfort level. Add to that we also have a unique group of passionate fans who travel far and wide. We've always been humbled by this and respect their energies and devotion. However in this case, travel is something to avoid. 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.. If anyone out there feels the same based on this news, we share that emotion with you. - Ed & Pearl Jam

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Tour dates:

03/18 Toronto, ON - Scotiabank Arena

03/20 Ottawa, ON - Canadian Tire Centre
03/22 Quebec City, QC - Videotron Centre
03/24 Hamilton, ON - FirstOntario Centre

03/28 Baltimore, MD - Royal Farms Arena

03/30 New York, NY - Madison Square Garden

04/02 Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena

04/04 St. Louis, MO - Enterprise Center

04/06 Oklahoma City, OK - Chesapeake Energy Arena

04/09 Denver, CO - Pepsi Center

04/11 Phoenix, AZ - Gila River Arena

04/13 San Diego, CA - Viejas Arena

04/15 Los Angeles, CA - The Forum

04/16 Los Angeles, CA - The Forum

04/18 Oakland, CA - Oakland Arena

04/19 Oakland, CA - Oakland Arena


06/23 Frankfurt, Gemany - Festhalle *

06/25 Berlin, Germany - Waldbühne *

06/27 Stockholm, Sweden - Lollapalooza Stockholm

06/29 Copenhagen, Denmark - Royal Arena *

07/02 Werchter, Belgium - Rock Werchter

07/05 Imola, Italy - Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari ^

07/07 Vienna, Austria - Wiener Stadthalle &

07/10 London, England - Hyde Park

07/13 Krakow, Poland - Tauron Arena &

07/15 Budapest, Hungary - Budapest Arena &

07/17 Zurich, Switzerland - Hallenstadion &

07/19 Paris, France - Lollapalooza Paris

07/22 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Ziggo Dome &

07/23 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Ziggo Dome

* with IDLES

^ with Pixies

& with White Reaper