Brian Fallon was planning to begin his North American tour with his band the Howling Weather on Jan. 11 in Portland, Maine. But as the U.S. sets daily records with Covid cases fueled by the Omicron variant, the Gaslight Anthem frontman is canceling his first two weeks of dates. The tour will now begin Jan. 25 in Chicago.
“My hope is that by delaying the start of the tour cases will come down, especially in the Northeast. They may not, but this is a decision I feel puts me, my audience, and the touring party in the best place possible for the tour to actually happen,” Fallon wrote on Instagram. “It’s weird times, it’s my best guess. I’m sorry to those of you who had tickets for the cancelled dates, hopefully I’ll see you again soon.”
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Fallon is just the latest artist to either postpone or cancel concerts as Omicron blankets the U.S. The Strokes postponed their New Year’s Eve concert. The Flaming Lips bumped their two New Year’s shows to February. And LL Cool J dropped out of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2022 after testing positive. On Wednesday, the U.S. daily case total set a record with 488,000 new cases.
Earlier this fall, Fallon released the album Night Divine, a stripped-down collection of hymns the New Jersey native heard as a kid in church. In an interview with Rolling Stone, he talked about the challenges of touring during the pandemic and encouraging fans to wear masks.
“I’ve been told that there’s some places that they don’t let you do that, but I will be doing it every place that I can,” he said, “I’m not at a spot where like [Jason] Isbell is. I can’t just clamp down and be like, ‘Yo, you know what, I’m not playing there,’ because honestly, if I’m on tour, I got to get from this place to this place and I can’t afford to do it without that show…. I respect people’s opinion on if they don’t want to wear a mask. But, listen, you can’t come to my show then. Do whatever you want, but don’t come to my show!”
Brian Fallon & the Howling Weather Tour Dates:
Jan. 25 — Chicago, IL @ Park West
Jan. 26 — Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
Jan. 28 — Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
Jan. 29 — Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
Jan. 31 — Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
Feb. 1 — Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
Feb. 2 — Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
Feb. 4 — Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
Feb. 5 — San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Feb. 6 — Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
Feb. 8 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
Feb. 9 — Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
Feb. 11 — Austin, TX @ Mohawk
Feb. 12 — Dallas, TX @ Kessler Theater
Feb. 13 — Houston, TX @ The Heights Theater
Feb. 15 — Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Feb. 16 — Charleston, SC @ Charleston Music Hall
Feb. 18 — Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
Feb. 19 — Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre
Feb. 20 — Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
Feb. 22 — New York, NY @ The Town Hall
Feb. 23 — Providence, RI @ Columbus Theatre
Feb. 25 — Boston, MA @ Royale
Feb. 26 — South Burlington, VT @ Higher Groud
Feb. 27 — Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
March 1 — Washington, D.C. @ Lincoln Theatre
March 2 — Port Chester, NY @ The Capitol Theatre
March 4 — Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Center for the Arts
March 5 — Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Center for the Arts
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