John Mayer has tested positive for COVID and will no longer perform as part of Dead & Company‘s forthcoming ‘Playing In The Sand’ event.
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The US band – also featuring former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann – are due to kick off the first leg of their destination festival at the Moon Palace resort in Cancún, Mexico tomorrow (January 7). The second run will be held the weekend following (January 13-16).
Taking to social media today (January 6), Dead & Company wrote: “Today, just prior to leaving for Mexico, per his physician, @JohnMayer tested positive for COVID-19 and will be unable to perform at the upcoming ‘Playing in the Sand’ event in Riviera Cancun January 7-10.”
They went on: “The weekend will now feature Dos Hermanos con Amigos: @MickeyHart and @BobWeir with @JeffChimentiMusic and @Oteil_Burbridge, joined by @LuvrzLane, Tom Hamilton @trhjunior and including special guests and sit ins including @MissMargoPrice and others.”
Weir added: “We came down here to have fun. Unfortunately some of our brothers cannot make it but fun is what we’re going to have.”
This update comes days after Bill Kreutzmann, drummer, was forced to quit. ‘Playing In The Sand’ on his doctor’s orders. He will not be able to attend both legs of the festival.
“After a lifetime of playing special beats, it’s almost no wonder that my heart came up with its own idea of rhythm,” Bill Kreutzmann wrote, adding that he’s been advised to “take it easy”The rest of the month.
Last August, Dead & Company played a faithful recreation of The Grateful Dead’s Woodstock 1969 set. This show was part their ongoing North American tour. The festival site where the show took place was the venue in which it took place. That same month, a man died after falling off a balcony at a show in New York.
John Mayer will tour the USA next month to support his album, 2021. ‘Sob Rock’.