Monday, June 17, 2024

Lindsey Buckingham, Aimee Mann Among Acts Cancelling Tours Because of COVID


COVID is still wreaking havoc in the live music world.

Today ex Fleetwood Mac star Lindsey Buckingham announced he’s cancelling his European tour because he’s still suffering the effects of COVID. His band is also infected.

Last week, Aimee Mann — who postponed her tour last winter but resumed it this spring — had to cancel the rest of her tour because two of her band members fell ill.

Mann wrote: “I was chastised early on when lining up for my vaccination. Musicians like ourselves are often exposed to a variety of bugs, being in such tight social spaces. I’ve blown my nose through entire sets, did a week with a torn Achilles but this is clearly another level. Being a solo performer, the stress level is extremely high. If I were to contact Covid in the midst of a tour, not only would my health be compromised, potentially in a long term way that could hinder my lung power or mind, but I would then suffer the financial injury of lost dates, travel costs – a fate that gives me even greater pause! The weight of an entire band makes my head spin. Still there’s a push for all of us in this business to take the plunge, regardless of continued denial, current infection rates and relaxed health measures. The joy of playing again is undeniable but it’s more of a gamble than ever to tour. Hoping for a smooth recovery for Paul and everyone else.”

Kudos to big tours like Paul McCartney who are carrying on. This is no fun for anyone. It’s also the reason that Patti Lupone took down that audience member the other day. All performers are afraid of becoming ill, and for good reason!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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