Robert Earl Keen planned to play a string of shows this month. Keen would have taken his electrifying roots music to Arizona and California for ten days starting later this week, on October 14th. However, he had to cancel those shows.
Robert Earl Keen’s team shared the unfortunate news on his Twitter account earlier this afternoon. The statement notes that the Arizona and California dates are canceled and won’t be rescheduled for a later date. This allows ticket holders to get a refund from their point of purchase.
The post says that Robert Earl Keen had to cancel the dates due to “unforeseen personal wellness circumstances,” but doesn’t give any more details. However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. The statement notes that REK will postpone and reschedule his November tour dates. So, those in the Mid-Atlantic region should keep their eyes open for new dates.
Keen’s Road to Christmas Tour will still go on as planned, according to the statement. Head over to his official website for more information about that tour and future rescheduled dates.
Robert Earl Keen Lives for the Road
Keen’s statement doesn’t give any information about his condition. However, it must be something serious. He and his band just started touring again earlier this year. Like every other artist out there, the pandemic hit the pause button on Robert Earl Keen’s touring plans. So, they’ve been chomping at the bit to get back on the road. At the same time, his legion of fans has been waiting anxiously to see him do what he does best.
Back in June, Keen spoke to Outsider about getting back on the road. He said, “I’ve been touring so long, touring has become who I am. I’m fairly capable as a husband and father. I’ve learned how to be a business person. What I’m great at is managing the road. I guess I was meant to be a touring musician.”
About getting back on the road after the pandemic, Keen said, “It’s not like I’m riding a bicycle, it’s like I am the bicycle.”
Whatever the troubadour is going through, we hope he makes a speedy recovery.