Pearl Jam postpones tour over COVID-19 concerns

Eddie Vedder, lead singer of the American rock band Pearl Jam, playing a song during the band concert

Rock band Pearl Jam has postponed its upcoming North American tour amid growing fears over the coronavirus.

The band made the announcement on Monday, reports

"We've been hit hard and have witnessed firsthand how quick ly these disastrous situations can escalate. Our kids' schools have closed along with universities and businesses. It's been brutal and it's gonna get worse before it gets better," singer Eddie Vedder wrote, alluding to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the state of Washington.

The group's 14-city trek across US and Canada included stops in New York, Los Angeles and Oakland, and was set to kick off March 18 in Toronto. All shows will be rescheduled at a later date.

Pearl Jam's summer tour in Europe will carry on for now.

"We are so sorry and deeply upset. If anyone out there feel s the same based on this news, we share that emotion with you," Vedder conclud ed.

Pearl Jam's new album, Gigaton, arrives on March 27.

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