Jason Isbell, Stevie Nicks Cancel Shows Over Covid Concerns

Isbell canceled a show in Houston, while Nicks canceled all of her shows scheduled for this year.,

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Jason Isbell and Stevie Nicks have canceled shows over Covid concerns.

The music festival Lollapalooza went ahead in Chicago earlier this month despite concerns of rising coronavirus cases, but other concerts are opting to cancel upcoming shows.
The music festival Lollapalooza went ahead in Chicago earlier this month despite concerns of rising coronavirus cases, but other concerts are opting to cancel upcoming shows.Credit…Amy Harris/Invision, via Associated Press
  • Aug. 10, 2021, 10:26 p.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 purchased 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. “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 announced it was canceling this year’s event, citing the rise in cases.

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

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