As Covid-19 cases rise across the U.S., could concert cancellations be returning?
Limp Bizkit announced over the weekend that all August tour dates are being canceled, including a show scheduled Monday (Aug. 9) at Rapids Theater in Niagara Falls, N.Y. The band had just returned to the stage a week ago at a full-capacity Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, making headlines with singer Fred Durst’s new “Dad Vibes” look.
“Out of an abundance of caution and concern for the safety of the band, crew and most of all the fans, the Limp Bizkit show this Monday and the remaining August tour is being cancelled. Refunds are available at their points of purchase. All tickets purchased online will be automatically refunded,” a statement said.
According to Rolling Stone, Durst denied rumors guitarist Wes Borland has Covid-19, telling fans on Instagram that “the system is seriously flawed” and “We don’t care much about the BS… We care a lot about you.” It’s unclear if the group plans to continue performing in September or if the Western New York show will be rescheduled at some point.
In related news, Lynyrd Skynyrd canceled four concerts this month after longtime band member Rickey Medlocke tested positive for Covid- 19. No Upstate New York shows are affected yet, but the “Sweet Home Alabama” band is currently scheduled to perform at CMAC in Canandaigua on Aug. 19 and at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) in Saratoga Springs on Aug. 28.
Last week, singer Michael Bublé postponed an Aug. 25 concert at the Times Union Center, rescheduling the Albany venue for Oct. 19.
“I do not want to put my fans at risk, nor my band and crew, by putting them in a situation that could possibly affect their health and therefore their friends and family. It is better for me to reschedule these shows to a time when all of us are confident that we can relax and enjoy the show,” Buble said.
Sebastian Bach, who’s scheduled to perform at del Lago Resort & Casino in Waterloo on Sept. 25, said he tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday after performing several shows and attending his wife’s high school reunion.
“Thank God for the vaccine I can’t wait to get another one all symptoms are gone now not canceling shows,” the former Skid Row singer said.
New Orleans Jazz Fest has also been rescheduled from October for Spring 2022 due to the spread of the Covid delta variant in Louisiana. And Billboard reports Garth Brooks is re-evaluating his stadium tour after the next two shows; tickets for a Seattle concert have been put on hold.
Most concerts in Upstate New York are currently still on as scheduled, but live events were largely canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Concerns are high as the seven-day average for new daily Covid-19 infections has now surpassed 100,000 in the U.S., returning to levels not seen since the winter surge.