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Pearl Jam Cancel Final Shows of West Coast Tour Due to COVID

Bassist Jeff Ament tested positive this morning, with drummer Matt Cameron still recovering
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(photo: Kevin Mazur / Getty Images for Pearl Jam)

Pearl Jam has been forced to cancel the final two shows of its spring U.S. tour tonight (May 18) in Sacramento, Calif., and Friday in Las Vegas after bassist Jeff Ament tested positive this morning for COVID-19. Drummer Matt Cameron had already missed the last three shows due to COVID, requiring Pearl Jam to rely on replacements such as Josh Klinghoffer, Richard Stuverud and even its original drummer Dave Krusen to fill his seat.

Here is Pearl Jam’s statement on the cancellations. The oft-postponed tour came in support of the band’s 2020 album Gigaton.

While the band battled through Oakland after drummer Matt Cameron tested positive for Covid, and Fresno where Ed and the band got through it with the help of Dave Krusen as special guest drummer, they now have to present the heartbreaking news that this morning bassist Jeff Ament has tested positive for Covid.

This is horrible for everybody involved and we are especially sorry to those out there who have made plans to attend these shows.

Our attention to staying inside the bubble has been constant. We have truly done all that we could have to remain clear of infection.

Regretfully, the Sacramento and Las Vegas shows are canceled. Ticket refunds will be automatically processed to ticket holders’ method of purchase. We are so very sorry. Be safe out there.

Pearl Jam plans to resume touring June 18 at the Pink Pop festival in Holland.