Why did Pearl Jam cancel their show in Vienna?

Virgin Radio

21 Jul 2022, 11:19

Smoke from France wildfires damages Eddie Vedder's voice.

There's loads of reasons why the world needs to take climate change seriously. Somewhere between 'agh, we're all going to die' and 'agh, it's far too hot' is the reality that grunge superstars are now having to cancel their concerts because of it.

Case in point. Seattle born rock legend Pearl Jam were forced to cancel their show in Vienna, Austria last night (Wednesday, July 20th) after singer Eddie Vedder’s vocal cords were damaged by “heat, dust and smoke” at a recent show in Paris, France.

Taking to Twitter the band wrote: “To all those who were anticipating a great Pearl Jam show tonight in Vienna, we were too. However, due to the extreme circumstances at the last outdoor site outside of Paris (heat, dust, and smoke from the fires) our singer Ed Vedder’s throat was left damaged.

“He has seen doctors and had treatment but as of yet, his vocal cords have not recovered. This is brutal news and horrible timing…for everyone involved. Those who work so hard to put on the shows as well as those who give their precious time and energies to attend.

“As a band, we are deeply sorry and have tried to find options to still play. And Ed wants to play. There’s just no throat available at this time… So very, very deeply sorry. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase. Thank you for understanding.”

Pearl Jam's current world tour has been besieged with health concerns. In May, the band were forced to cancel the remainder of their US tour after bassist Jeff Ament tested positive for COVID.

Drummer Matt Cameron was diagnosed with the virus the week before, leaving the band to enlist stand-in drummers.

Pearl Jam are due to play in Prague, Czech Republic at The O2 Arena tomorrow night (Friday, July 22nd). Keep an eye on the band's website and Twitter for updates as to Vedder's current status.

And remember! Turn off those lights when you exit a room!