Zac Brown Band pauses tour after frontman tests positive for COVID-19
Country singer and musician Zac Brown announced Tuesday that he had tested positive for COVID-19, and that his band would be canceling several of their upcoming concert tour dates as he quarantines.
The frontman wrote in an Instagram post from the Zac Brown Band’s account that he had tested positive “despite taking precautions,” adding that the decision to pause “The Comeback Tour” was “difficult” to make.
“I am deeply disappointed this has happened, as touring is our life and performing live for our fans is the best part of our job,” he added. “The bottom line is that I want to take every precaution to put the health and safety of our fans and crew first.”
Brown went on to say that the tour will resume “as soon as I have finished the CDC-mandated quarantine and it is safe for our band members and crew to do so.”
It was not clear if any other band or crew members had also tested positive, nor whether Brown had previously received the COVID-19 vaccine.
“I am grateful to our fans for understanding this decision, as well as everyone on the front lines who can’t stay at home because their work is essential,” Brown wrote Tuesday.
“I believe we can all overcome this together,” he said. “Nothing’s better than the comeback.”
According to the band’s website, the group has canceled the four upcoming shows that had been scheduled to take place on Sept. 30 in Clarkston, Mich., Oct. 1 in Burgettstown, Pa., Oct. 2 in Syracuse, N.Y., and Oct. 3 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
The Comeback Tour, which is scheduled to run through November, comes after the country band was among the first music groups to cancel their 2020 concert dates as COVID-19 cases started to ramp up across the country that spring.
The band said in a March 2020 statement, “Touring is our life blood and performing live for our fans is the best part of this job.”
“Bottom line though, we want to take every precaution to put the health and safety of our fans and crew first,” they added.
Brown also recorded a tearful video message at the time in which he revealed he had to lay off a significant portion of his band’s crew as the pandemic hit, and urged his fans to take the virus seriously.
“The longer that America doesn’t take this seriously, and doesn’t stay in and try to contain this, the longer that everyone’s going to be out of jobs, the longer that we’re going to be pushed into this recession that we’re all about to enter into,” he said in the March 2020 video.