Mudvayne frontman Chad Gray has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, so the group has pulled out of an upcoming festival they were scheduled to perform at.
“After taking every precaution to follow CDC Covid protocols during rehearsals and recent performances, Chad Gray and a few staff members unfortunately tested positive for Covid-19. The safety of our organization, fans and festival partners must come first. We have no choice but to cancel our performance at Louder Than Life this weekend, ”the group wrote in a statement.
“We apologize to all the fans attending the festival this weekend. We look forward to getting everyone back healthy and ready for our Aftershock and Welcome To Rockville performances later this year. We appreciate your love and your support throughout this unprecedented period. “
The festival followed up on the announcement, confirming that Breaking Benjamin has been added to the lineup in place of Mudvayne.
The increase in COVID-19 cases comes as the delta variant, which is said to be more contagious and potentially more aggressive than previous strains, has toured the world. As a result, the CDC urges people to get vaccinated against the disease, and while it does not guarantee protection against infection, vaccinations are found to reduce the severity of symptoms.
Various bands have postponed and canceled concerts and tours in recent weeks due to the virus. Jonathan Davis from Korn tested positive last month and still suffered from lingering side effects and weakness for several weeks afterward. Earlier this month, guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer also tested positive and had to withdraw from a handful of the band’s gigs to recover.
Mudvayne reunited earlier this year and performed their first show together in 12 years at the Inkcarceration festival on September 11. As stated in their statement, they have a few upcoming concerts booked for 2021. We wish Gray a speedy and healthy recovery from the virus.
Rock and Metal Festivals in the United States in 2021
Check out the music festivals that rock and metal fans might want to check out in the United States throughout the summer and fall of 2021. There are plenty of events planned for this year as the live music slowly returns after the COVID-19 pandemic largely shut it down for more than a year.