The band cite a member of their staff testing positive for COVID-19 as the primary reason for cancellation. However, they assure fans that all members of the tour are vaccinated.
“Out of an abundance of auction, Fall Out Boy will not perform at the New York and Boston shows of the Hella Mega Tour due to an individual on the band’s team testing positive for COVID,” the band say.
“Green Day, Weezer and the Interrupters will perform as scheduled,” the post continues. “It’s important to note that everyone on the entire tour, both band and crew, are fully vaccinated. Each band and their crew have operated in a bubble independently to safeguard everyone as much as possible at each show and in between shows. The tour also has a COVID safety protocol officer on staff full-time that is ensuring everyone is closely following all CDC guidelines.”
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The band were only on their fifth date of the Hella Mega tour. Fall Out Boy are just the latest band to cancel shows in wake of the continued pandemic. In mid-July, Foo Fighters had to postpone their highly anticipated second post-lockdown show at Los Angeles’s Forum. Deftones and Gojira also made the decision to cancel their summer tour for a second time due to the Delta variant.
Important information about the July 17th Forum show. pic.twitter.com/9EwtDorRDx
— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) July 15, 2021
Thank you all for your patience and understanding. Please hold on to existing tickets, as they will be honored for the 2022 dates. For details on refunds, visit https://t.co/lqk0O9FGG0. Newly added dates (Las Vegas, Cincinnati, Nashville) go on sale Friday, 7/16 @ 10AM local. pic.twitter.com/I5i4HzJ1Vn
— Deftones (@deftones) July 9, 2021
To combat possible transmission, some bands have begun implementing mandatory proof of vaccination upon entry to shows. Others, such as MakeWar and Rutterkin, made concert tickets $18 for vaccinated individuals and $1,000 for those who aren’t unvaccinated.
“I wanted it to be a vaccine drive to get the fence-sitters off the fence,” the concert’s organizer, Paul Williams, told ABC News. “I wanted to get the kids that want to go to shows to go out and get their shots.”
Although 70% of the adult population has been vaccinated, the United States still averages nearly 86,000 new cases per day, according to a New York Times report. While limitations imposed at the beginning of lockdown have since loosened, the CDC still recommends wearing a mask in public and setting a 14-day self-quarantine after any possible exposure.
If you think you might be exhibiting signs of COVID-19, tests are available nationwide free of cost at health centers and select pharmacies. Testing locations for each state can be found at the Department of Health and Human Services website, and vaccination sites can be found here.
Green Day and Weezer will still make appearances at the New York and Boston dates of the Hella Mega tour. Fall Out Boy will rejoin the tour Aug. 8 during the Washington, D.C. date. You can find the remaining stops below.
Hella Mega tour dates:
08/04 – Queens, NY @ Citi Field
08/05 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park
08/08 – Washington, D.C. @ Nationals Park
08/10 – Detroit, MI @ Comerica Park
08/13 – Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium
08/15 – Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field
08/17 – Columbus, OH @ Historic Crew Stadium
08/19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PNC Park
08/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Citizens Bank Park
08/23 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Field
08/25 – Commerce City, CO @ Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
08/27 – San Francisco, CA @ Oracle Park
08/29 – San Diego, CA @ Petco Park
09/01 – Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
09/03 – Los Angeles, CA @ Dodger Stadium
09/06 – Seattle, WA @ T-Mobile Park
06/19/22 – Vienna, AT @ Ernst-Happel Stadion
06/21/22 – Antwerp, BE @ Antwerps Sportpaleis
06/22/22 – Groningen, NL @ Stadspark
06/24/22 – London, GB @ London Stadium
06/25/22 – Huddersfield, GB @ John Smith’s Stadium
06/27/22 – Dublin, IE @ TBA
06/29/22 – Glasgow, GB @ Bellahouston Park
07/02/22 – Paris, FR @ Paris La Defense arena