Animal Collective Postpone U.S. Tour as Covid ‘Hit Us Hard’

Animal Collective have been forced to postpone their newly launched North American tour after two members of the band fell ill with Covid-19.

The band started their early summer trek in support of their new album, timeships, on May 13th. Just a week later, after a May 20 performance in Los Angeles, Animal Collective rescheduled shows in San Francisco, Portland and Spokane last weekend after “a member of our tour tested positive for Covid,” the band wrote in one Email to ticket holder.

Then on Wednesday they announced that the entire May-June hike would have to be postponed after members Dave “Avey Tare” Portner and Josh “Deakin” Dibb were struck down by the viral disease.

“It happened. Covid hit us and hit us hard. It sucks,” the band wrote on Instagram. “Both Dave and Josh (each vaccinated and boosted) became very ill and are unable to play shows at this time. Onward at this moment.” touring would be unhealthy and could contribute to longer-term difficulties.”

If and when the shows would be rescheduled, the band added they are “working to make things right as soon as possible.” Stage 3 of Animal Collectives North America, scheduled to begin August 13, is proceeding as planned.

“Wear your masks, take care of each other and see you as soon as we can,” the band added.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/animal-collective-postpone-tour-covid-1358836/ Animal Collective Postpone U.S. Tour as Covid ‘Hit Us Hard’

Sarah Ridley

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