Pearl Jam cancels Prague concert after Eddie Vedder’s throat is ‘damaged’

Pearl Jam is feeling the impact of rising temperatures in Europe amid a record-breaking heat wave and wildfires across the country. On Wednesday, the group announced the cancellation of its concert in Vienna, explaining that Eddie Vedder had developed throat problems following an outdoor concert in Paris. On Thursday, the group also canceled their concert scheduled for Friday in Prague.

“We were hoping Ed would recover in time to play tomorrow,” Pearl Jam said in a statement via Instagram. “He has seen a doctor in Prague and is continuing treatments for his vocal cords, but unfortunately there is still no voice available. The effects on his throat from the last outdoor show are still too brutal. The band s ‘ apologized to those who worked to put on the show as well as to their fans. “We have always had memorable shows here and are with you in our extreme disappointment,” Pearl Jam added. “You can rest assured that we We are doing everything we can to help resolve the situation. Again, sorry. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase. Thank you so much for your understanding.”

On Wednesday, the group was forced to cancel their show a few hours before going on stage. “To anyone expecting a great Pearl Jam concert tonight in Vienna, so were we,” Pearl Jam wrote yesterday.

“However, due to the extreme circumstances of the last outdoor venue outside of Paris (heat, dust and smoke from the fires), our singer Ed Vedder’s throat was damaged.”

Pearl Jam continued: “He has seen doctors and received treatment, but so far his vocal cords have not recovered. This is brutal news and horrific timing…for everyone involved. Those who work so hard to put on the shows as well as those who donate their precious time and energy to attend. As a band, we are deeply sorry and have been trying to find options to continue playing. And Ed wants to play There are simply no gorges available at the moment… So very, very deeply sorry.

Incidentally, Vedder recently discussed the impact of climate change during a conversation with ISS astronauts.

Scientists have blamed climate change for the extreme heat wave currently sweeping across Europe, which in turn has sparked wildfires in France (twice the size of Paris) and Spain.

“We know that these temperatures are now possible in the UK and that 40 degrees [Celsius, or 104 degrees Fahrenheit] in London is really not something that extreme anymore because we now live in a world that is already much warmer,” said climatologist Friederike Otto. rolling stone of the heat wave. “Also, it was scheduled almost two weeks in advance. We knew this heat was coming.

This story was updated on July 21 to include the cancellation of the Pearl Jam show in Prague.

Berta D. Wells