Dead & Company have announced the cancellation of their 17-date summer tour, which was set to kick off at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado on 10 July.
This marks the first time that the supergroup – consisting members of The Grateful Dead, John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti – will not be embarking on a summer tour since its first formation in 2016.
Announcing the cancellation on their website, the band wrote: “Due to the global coronavirus outbreak, and in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we sadly have no choice but to cancel the upcoming Dead & Company Summer 2020 Tour.”
“The well-being and safety of the Deadhead community, venue workers and our touring family is of the utmost importance to us.”
Dead & Company have committed to offering refunds to fans who have purchased tickets to the cancelled gigs. They wrote: “We also want to provide you, the fans who’ve been hit hard financially during this difficult time with your money back. All tickets will be fully refunded at point of purchase.”
“We are thankful for your understanding and we look forward to the day when we can all be reunited. In the meantime, keep the faith and believe in the power of music. We will return. We will get by. We will survive.”
This cancellation joins the numerous others that have been announced in the past month – the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic that has greatly affected the live events industry globally.
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