Billy Strings has canceled his three-night New Year’s Eve run at GLC Live at 20 Monroe in Grand Rapids, MI on December 30th–January 1st amid the ongoing surge in new cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant.
As Billy explained in a video posted to his social media accounts, “There are two or three key players on our team who are COVID positive right now, and they won’t be ready by this weekend. I just feel real bad because I feel like I’m letting you guys down but I don’t know what the Hell I can do at this point. We have to cancel the shows.”
All tickets for the shows and any nugs.net streaming tickets purchased will be refunded at point of purchase. The five posters designed for this run will be released in various ways in coming days, with proceeds benefiting local charities. Keep an eye on Billy’s socials for more info on the poster drops.
The cancellation of the Billy Strings New Year’s run follows a similar cancellation of his String The Halls benefit shows in Nashville earlier this month. At the time of that cancellation, which came on December 17th, Billy noted, “At this time we have every intention of performing our New Years Eve run in Grand Rapids and can’t wait to see you there.”
The hopeful sentiment from less than two weeks ago illustrates the speed with which Omicron has decimated many bands’ year-end plans. In the time since, Phish, My Morning Jacket, Widespread Panic, STS9, Gov’t Mule, Umphrey’s McGee, Dopapod, Lettuce, Spafford, Pink Talking Fish, The Infamous Stringdusters, Jeff Tweedy, TAUK, and more have called off New Year’s shows.
Read a full note from Billy Strings on the Grand Rapids, MI New Year’s run cancellation and watch a video message to fans below. For a full list of upcoming Billy Strings tour dates, head here.
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