Dead & Company will no longer perform on October 6th and 7th in Florida.
Reports of the cancellation emerged earlier today when Ticketmaster listed the ensemble’s concerts on October 6th in West Palm Beach and 7th in Tampa as canceled, and the shows disappeared from Dead & Company’s website.
According to a statement from a Dead & Company spokesperson, “Due to routing and production logistics, Dead & Company is canceling both of their sold-out Florida concerts – October 6th in West Palm Beach, Florida at the iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre and October 7th in Tampa, Florida at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre. Refunds will be available. … Dead & Company is looking forward to performing in West Palm Beach and Tampa in the future.”
The band’s 2021 tour is set to resume on October 11th in Charlotte, North Carolina at the PNC Music Pavilion and runs through October 31st with a three-night sold-out stand at the Hollywood Bowl.”
The post-Jerry Garcia amalgamation of Grateful Dead members plus John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti, and Oteil Burbridge has not yet made a public statement regarding the cancellation.
Dead & Company has maintained a notably stringent COVID safety policy throughout the year, requiring testing/vaccination proof for all attendees and maintaining a vaccinated-only GA pit. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is on the other end of the spectrum, banning mask mandates in schools and threatening to fine Florida cities and counties that require vaccinations for employees. That difference in approach with regard to COVID-19, however, was not presented as a reason for the cancellation of the Florida Dead & Company shows.
In the meantime, revisit photos, videos, and full audio from Dead & Company’s recent summer tour closer at Chicago’s Wrigley Field here.
This is a developing story…