Jason Isbell, Stevie Nicks Cancel Shows Over Covid Concerns

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U.S.|Jason Isbell and Stevie Nicks cancel shows over Covid concerns.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/10/us/jason-isbell-stevie-nix-cancel-shows-covid.html

The Lollapalooza music festival  took place in Chicago this month despite concerns of rising coronavirus cases.
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Azi Paybarah

  • Published Aug. 10, 2021Updated Aug. 11, 2021, 3:41 a.m. ET

The recent rise in coronavirus cases, fueled by the highly contagious Delta variant, has led to the cancellation of several upcoming musical performances.

The group Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit’s show scheduled for Wednesday in Houston has been canceled, according to a statement on Tuesday from Mr. Isbell’s music label, Southeastern Records. The venue, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, “was not willing to comply with the band’s updated Health and Safety standards,” it read. Tickets bought online will be refunded, according to the statement.

Also on Tuesday, the singer Stevie Nicks said that although she is vaccinated, she is canceling the shows she was scheduled to perform this year, because of the rising number of cases.

“I want everyone to be safe and healthy and the rising Covid cases should be of concern to all of us,” Ms. Nicks, 73, said in a statement on Twitter. “While I’m vaccinated, at my age, I am still being extremely cautious and for that reason have decided to skip the 5 performances I had planned for 2021.”

Over the weekend, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival said that it was canceling this year’s event, citing the rise in cases.

In June, Bruce Springsteen became the first person to perform on Broadway as some New York City theaters reopened after closing 16 months earlier because of the pandemic. Before his first performance, Mr. Springsteen told ticket holders that they would be admitted only if they showed proof of vaccination.

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