Dead & Company has become the hottest musical act to announce new vaccination protocols for spectators ahead of upcoming tour dates.
When former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann team up with guitarist John Mayer and others on the road next week, they’ll demand that fans consider the welfare of their fellow Deadheads before to join them.
“We care so much about everyone involved in making this tour and all of you present, so we will require proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result within 48 hours of your event to attend. on certain dates of the tour, ”the group announced on social media Wednesday.
Additionally, all Deadheads who want to collapse into the pit near the stage must be fully vaccinated.
With the announcement, Dead & Company joins a growing roster of artists, including American singer-songwriter Jason Isbell, super-producer Jack Antonoff’s band Bleachers, and southern rockers Widespread Panic, who need proof. vaccination or a negative test result before entering their gig. . The move comes as the Delta variant shook up what was supposed to be a busy summer and fall for musicians keen to reconnect with audiences.
In recent weeks, Stevie Nicks, Limp Bizkit, James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt have all postponed the dates for the 2021 tour. “Although I am vaccinated,” Nicks wrote in a statement, “at my age, I am still extremely cautious. and so I decided to skip the 5 performances that I had planned for 2021 “. Last week, country superstar Garth Brooks said he would reassess whether or not to continue his current tour.
Live Nation, the world’s largest concert promoter, announced in early August that it would allow artists to make the final decision on vaccination protocols in states where no laws are in place to address the issue. “We think this is a great model, and we have already implemented it successfully in many large shows, including Lollapalooza,” wrote Live Nation Managing Director Michael Rapino in a comment. note to his team. “We know people are eager to come back to the live events and we hope these measures will encourage even more people to get vaccinated. “
This week, the annual Bonnaroo Festival, which takes place September 2-5 in Manchester, Tennessee, announced that it will require proof of vaccine or a negative test result within 48 hours to attend. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, canceled in 2020, was scheduled to start on October 8, but with the Delta variant tearing Louisiana apart, it has been postponed until 2022.
Dead & Company will open their tour on Monday in Raleigh, North Carolina, and end two and a half months later at the Hollywood Bowl, where they will perform three nights, October 29-31.
Because vaccine requirements vary from state to state, the group noted that protocols for tour dates in Texas, Florida, Virginia and Pennsylvania “will be announced shortly.”
This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.