Greta Van Fleet have been forced to cancel their upcoming tour dates in the UK and Ireland due to frontman Josh Kiszka’s upper respiratory infection.
The Michigan four-piece were set to begin a run of European gigs tonight (February 22) in Barcelona, with the tour having been set to hit the UK for a string of sold-out shows from March 5.
However, the band took to Facebook yesterday (February 21) to confirm that those gigs have now been axed as a result of Kiszka’s illness.
“A year and a half of constant touring has been both invigorating and exhausting,” Greta Van Fleet wrote to their fans. “Josh currently has a relentless upper respiratory infection that has not yet had the chance to heal. His doctor has required extended rest as the only path to full recovery.
“It now feels necessary for the entire band to re-calibrate our balance, both physically and mentally. Rather than continuing on to more performances and exacerbate things further, we have made this decision in order to give you the full Greta Van Fleet experience when we meet again.”
Dear European Fans, We have some sincerely unfortunate news regarding our upcoming shows February 22 – March 17 and…
“We are heartbroken in sharing this setback with you and hope you can understand this painful decision,” they added. “It will be extremely satisfying to reconcile this calamity by making the most of our time together in a healthier state.”
All tickets for the band’s upcoming run of shows in the UK and Europe will be transferred to the rescheduled dates, while refunds are also available at the point of purchase. See the band’s rescheduled UK and Ireland dates below.
3 – Leeds O2 Academy, Leeds
4 – Olympia, Dublin
6 – Glasgow O2 Academy, Glasgow
7 – Newcastle O2 Academy, Newcastle
The band’s gigs at Liverpool’s Mountford Hall and Nottingham’s Rock City have yet to be rescheduled.
Last month, Greta Van Fleet promised that a “very worldly” new album would emerge this year.