Formation Pearl Jam, who will perform at the Videotron Center on September 1, canceled a show Wednesday scheduled for Vienna, Austria and one scheduled for Friday night in Prague due to problems with Eddie Vedder’s voice.
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The 57-year-old singer’s voice was impaired during a concert on July 17 at L’Hippodrome de Longchamps in Paris during the Lollapalooza 2022 event.
Smoke from fires in southwest France due to a heatwave has altered air quality and damaged Eddie Vedder’s vocal cords. The mercury has exceeded 40 degrees Celsius in southern Europe and caused several forest fires.
Firefighters have been fighting forest fires in France since July 12.
“Ed saw a doctor in Prague and is still being treated for his vocal cords. He no longer has a voice. The impact on her voice at our last outdoor show was too severe. Our sincere apologies to everyone who worked to put this show together and to the viewers. We have always had unforgettable visits to Prague. We are very disappointed,” the group said in a statement published on its website on Thursday.
Pearl Jam will wrap up its European tour on Sunday and Monday at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam.
Hot for the stones
The Seattle band will then tour again on September 1st at the Videotron Center with an 11-date tour of North American soil. Stops in Ottawa, Hamilton and Toronto in Canada are planned.
So far, the great heat in Europe has not led to any major concert cancellations.
On July 19, Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones gave a performance at the Groupama Stadium in Lyon, France, when the early evening mercury was 36 degrees Celsius.
“This is our 53rd concert in France but it’s certainly the hottest,” Mick Jagger told the 50,000 spectators in attendance in a remark published in the newspaper’s pages Le figaro.
Hours before the Stones show, guitarist Ron Wood warned concertgoers in a Facebook post.
“Drink plenty of water, wear a hat and stay hydrated. It’s going to steam,” he said.