John Mayer has tested positive for COVID-19, and won’t be making it to the stage any time soon.
Yesterday (January 5), the official Instagram account for Dead & Company — a band made up of former Grateful Dead members that Mayer, 44, plays alongside — announced in a post that the singer received a positive coronavirus test result and will no longer perform at Playing in the Sand, a music festival in Mexico.
“Today, just prior to leaving for Mexico, per his physician, @JohnMayer tested positive for COVID-19 and will be unable to perform at the upcoming ‘Playing in the Sand’ event in Riviera Cancun January 7-10,” the statement read.
The weekend event will now feature band members Mickey Hart, Bob Weir, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge, along with Jay Lane and Tom Hamilton Jr. filling in. Margo Price and others will also appear as “special guests and sit ins,” the statement continued.
Bob Weir said, “We came down here to have fun. Unfortunately some of our brothers cannot make it but fun is what we’re going to have.”
Earlier in the week, Grateful Dead founding member Bill Kreutzmann removed himself from the music event, citing health concerns, Rolling Stone reported.
The statement added, “In these unprecedented times fans should expect many rare and different tunes.”