Pearl Jam was forced to cancel their live show at The O2 in London tonight (June 19) because frontman Eddie Vedder has “completely lost his voice” and is ordered to go on “vocal rest” in order to complete the rest of the tour. The Grammy-winning grunge rockers made the announcement on Twitter early this morning, following last night’s show at the venue.
The band apologized to their fans in the heartfelt note feeling “gutted” about having to reschedule the show, which is a first-ever for this kind of reason. Tickets will be valid and transferable to the new rescheduled concert date, which is still TBA but could potentially be slated for mid-July. Concertgoers are instructed to contact their point of purchase for all other public ticket inquiries. (See the entire post below).
The multi-night O2 engagement follows Pearl Jam’s show in Amsterdam last week in which band members paid tribute to late fellow grunge icon Chris Cornell by wearing t-shirts bearing Cornell’s multiple musical monikers, such as “Nude Dragon,” an alias hailing from Soundgarden’s 2010 tour.
Vedder excited his fans by crowd-surfing a tambourine to someone in the audience and one Amsterdam attendee posted a photo of the epic moment on Twitter (Post attached below). Earlier this year, he also captured fans attention at a show in Rio by dousing himself in wine during an explosive “Rockin’ in the Free World” cover.
Pearl Jam are expected to resume their tour with their show in Milan, Italy on June 22. Stay tuned to AXS for Pearl Jam updates.