Dave Matthews Announces on Stage That Two Bandmates Forced to Miss Show Over Health Issues: ‘Bear With Us’

by Samantha Whidden

On Friday (September 3rd), alternative rock musician Dave Matthews announced during his band’s performance at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, Washington that some of the group’s members were being forced to miss the show due to health issues.

According to iFiberOne, Dave Matthews declared on stage at the beginning of the show, “I hope you’ll bear with us tonight because due to COVID-19, Carter Beauford and Stefan Lessard are not able to be here.” 

Dave Matthews further explained that he and the rest of the band were going to do their best with their friends to make the live show a “beautiful experience” for the concertgoers. “I only hope that it can be. But thank you and I hope that you understand.”

Dave Matthews also stated that both Beauford and Lessard are not battling the illness because they were both vaccinated. “But we want to set an example and they both apparently tested positive,” Matthews explained. “So they’re not here with us this evening. But we will play the evening for them. Because that’s what we got to do. And tomorrow is another day.”

Prior to Matthews’ concert, Lessard took to his Twitter account to reveal he had the virus. “COVID saw me and was like…” he tweeted with Queen’s “Breakthru” music video. The band also shared on their Twitter account that the show would go on, but with an alternate format. There hasn’t been official word if other bandmates have been fallen ill.

Dave Matthews Band tweeted, “Despite thorough safety protocols, a potential exposure to the Covid-19 virus within the organization has taken place. In the best interest of everyone’s health and safety, @davematthewsbnd will perform this weekend’s shows in an alternate format.”

KISS Postpones Numerous Shows Due to Illness

Along with Dave Matthews’s bandmates, members of KISS have also fallen ill due to contracting the virus. The band’s lead singer, Gene Simmons, tested positive last week as well as bandmate Paul Stanley. In a recent statement, KISS announced it would postpone the next four tour dates. 

The band tweeted, “The band and crew will remain at home and slate for the next 10 days. Doctors have indicated the tour should be able to resume on September 9th at FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, California.”

 Stanley also sent out an update last week by tweeting, “REST!! Doctor’s orders so we can hit the road running on Sept. 9th. Staying clear of people for a few more days. Do I think my ‘freedom’ ever includes jeopardizing other people’s health?… No, I don’t.”

KISS revealed that the purchased tickets from previously postponed shows will be honored for the new dates once they are officially announced.