Pearl Jam has announced that they will be postponing the first leg of their upcoming Gigaton tour due to concerns over coronavirus. The tour was slated to begin on March 18 in Toronto, Ontario.

“This scheduled first leg of our PJ/Gigaton tour will need to be postponed and shows rescheduled for a later date,” the band wrote in a statement on Facebook. “We’ve worked hard with all our management and business associates to find other solutions or options but the levels of risk to our audience and their communities is simply too high for our comfort level.”

The statement continued: “Add to that we also have a unique group of passionate fans who travel far and wide. We’ve always been humbled by this and respect their energies and devotion. However in this case, travel is something to avoid.”

Read the band’s full statement below.

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Posted by Pearl Jam on Monday, March 9, 2020