John Mayer Pulls Out of Dead & Company’s Playing in the Sand Concerts Due To Positive COVID Test

by Michael Freeman

Unfortunately, COVID shows no sign of slowing down, with cancellations of every kind occurring every day because of it. The music industry is being hit especially hard, with the latest news being John Mayer pulling out of Dead & Company’s Mexico shows after testing positive for COVID.

Rolling Stone reports John Mayer will no longer take part in Dead & Company’s January 7 to 10 shows, as well as its January 13 to 16 event. The show’s official Instagram account broke the news, stating the diagnosis came just before Mayer was slated to leave for Mexico.

“Today, just prior to leaving for Mexico, per his physician, @JohnMayer tested positive for COVID-19 and will be unable to perform at the upcoming ‘Playing in the Sand’ event in Riviera Cancun January 7-10,” the Instagram caption reads. “The weekend will now feature Dos Hermanos con Amigos.”

Bob Weir added to the post, saying “We came down here to have fun. Unfortunately some of our brothers cannot make it but fun is what we’re going to have.”

Dead & Company can’t seem to catch a break, as this is just one of many issues affecting it. The event is experiencing refund issues and another member also dropped out. Earlier this week, Grateful Dead member Bill Kreutzmann similarly dropped out of the event. Citing health concerns, it’s currently unknown if it is COVID-related.

The refund issue is due to COVID, however. Omicron surges led groups to pressure concert organizers to change their policy and offer refunds. Ticket holders apparently have until December 31 to request a refund. Nonetheless, many event-goers expressed frustration with refunds not processing correctly.

Colter Wall Cancels January and February Tour Dates as Well

John Mayer is one of many musicians lately canceling shows and tour dates. Along that front, country singer Colter Wall announced yesterday he officially canceled all his January and February 2022 shows.

Making the announcement on his Instagram and Facebook accounts, he shared the bad news with his fans. “Touring in current conditions doesn’t make much sense to us right now. So the January and February dates are canceled. Refunds are at point of purchase. Be on watch for more videos and merch,” the post reads.

For the January and February leg of his tour, he would have hit New Orleans, Houston, Oklahoma City, Denver, and Tulsa. Though he didn’t specify exactly what “current conditions” meant, fans on Facebook believe it is related to the rise of COVID cases lately. Additionally, fan reception to the news is mixed. Overall, many seem to appreciate him taking safety for himself and others seriously.

While the next few months won’t see any Colter Wall shows, he hasn’t canceled his April 30 performance at Stagecoach 2022.