Rock is among the many acts canceling due to COVID
Kid Rock has canceled two shows this weekend at Billy Bob’s Texas due to half of his band contract COVID. The rocker/rapper/country star shared the news via an explicit social media message earlier today (Thurs, Aug 26th).
“I am pissed. Over half the band has fucking covid (not me), and before u shit for brains bloggers and media trolls run your mouths, many of them, like me, have been vaccinated. I was gonna come and rock the house anyway, play acoustic, DJ or even just Juggle…. Deez Nutz!! – or at least try to entertain u good folks. But seriously, shit is way out of my hands on this one. I am beyond upset and you real ones know I would never cancel if I absolutely didn’t have too. For this, I am sorry,” Rock shares.
He follows with a couple of political fires at President Joe Biden.
“PS – God bless our military, especially those who lost their lives today in Afghanistan. I am way more upset about that than some stupid virus and missing a couple shows. My heart bleeds for them and their loved ones. I hope we bomb the shit out of those fucks and send a clear message…But I am worried Biden is too much of a woke pussy. Say a prayer for the fallen, count your blessings and God Bless America.”
Rock was scheduled to play Friday, August 27th and Saturday, August 28th following two performances last weekend as part of the venue’s 40th anniversary celebration. All tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase within five to ten days.
The news comes the same day KISS was forced to cancel a show in Pennsylvania tonight after frontman and co-founder Paul Stanley tested positive for COVID-19. Stanley, who is also fully vaccinated, says he had flu-like symptoms a few days before the positive test.
Tesla, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Foo Fighters, Buckcherry, Korn, Mammoth WVH and The Cadillac Three are among those who have been forced to postpone or cancel dates due to an active case within their touring camps, including some band members themselves.
An alarming number of growing acts canceling treks as COVID cases spike around the country. Last week, Florida Georgia Line called off their I Love My Country 2021 Tour as well as BTS cancelling their delayed Map of the Soul world tour, which had them visiting North America later in the year.
Garth Brooks, Nine Inch Nails and Stevie Nicks are among those who have also canceled the remainder of their 2021 dates due to rising COVID cases. Organizers of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam have also postponed festivals due to the surge of COVID cases nationwide.
Meanwhile, major promoters, such as Live Nation, AEG Presents and Danny Wimmer Presents, are requiring proof of vaccination or negative COVID test before entering its venues, festivals or offices starting this fall, including Bonnaroo, Coachella and Stagecoach.
Last week, California became the first state to require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to attend indoor gatherings of one thousand or more people or outdoors with ten thousand or more starting in September. Attendees are no longer allowed to self-attest the verification status, as proof of physical or digital vaccine card or negative test within 72 hours of event — along with ID — will be required at entry.
The California Department of Public Health replaces its own rules which initially applied to indoor gatherings of more than five thousand patrons. The mandate is in effect from September 20th through November 1st.