Earlier tonight March 9, Pearl Jam announced to fans that they postponed all their upcoming Gigaton U.S. tour dates because of the ongoing pandemic of the novel coronavirus. The tour was scheduled to start March 18th in Toronto at the Scotiabank Arena and end on April 19th at the Oakland Arena in Oakland, California, but it will now take place at some uncertain point in the future.
Pearl Jam posted on their social media accounts on Facebook and twitter that as residents of the city of Seattle, they’ve been hit hard and have witnessed firsthand how quickly these disastrous situations can escalate. That even kid’ schools have closed along with universities and other businesses. It’s been brutal and it’s going to get worse before it gets any better. So we are being told that being part of large gatherings and traveling is on top of the list of things to avoid as this global pandemic of novel coronavirus is spreading everywhere a now beginning to have an effect on all of our lives. Unluckily, gathering in large groups is a huge part of what we do as a band and this tour we’ve been busy setting up for months is now at risk. We have and will always keep the safety and well-being of our fans and supporters as the top priority. So it is with huge disappointment and regrets that we are forced to make this most unfortunate of an announcement that this scheduled first leg of our PJ/Gigaton tour will need to be rescheduled for a later date.
Pearl Jam wrote in a statement that they’ve worked hard with all their administration and business associates to find other solutions and options for the concert but simply too risky for their audience and their communities the risk level is too high for Pearl Jam’s comfort level.
Moreover, Pearl Jam also has a unique group of passionate fans who travel far and wide. And they’ve always been humbled by this and respect their energies and devotion. However, in this case, travel is something they should avoid.
Furthermore, Pearl Jam added that it certainly hasn’t helped that there’s been no clear information from our government regarding people’s safety, traveling and our ability to go to work. Having no examples of our national health department’s ability to get ahead of the pandemic, we have no reason to believe that novel coronavirus will be under control in the next weeks ahead. Again, here in Seattle what we are observing Pearl Jam would not wish for anyone to happen. What we do wish for the rest of the country and other countries is that they can avoid the harsh negative effects of novel coronavirus and keep hold of their sense of community and take care of themselves and other people around them. We look ahead for our next concert so that we all can gather together and play and enjoy loud songs as energized as ever. We are so sorry and deeply upset. If anyone out there feels the same listening to this news, we share that emotion of sadness and regrets with you.