LCD Soundsystem Cancels Final Residency Dates Following Rise In COVID Cases
With just three shows to close a month-long residency instead of New York Brooklyn Steel, LCD Soundsystem has canceled remaining dates following the upsurge in COVID-19 cases around the new Omicron variant.
“You’ve all spoken, the last three concerts are canceled,” the band said in a statement on social media. âYou the right people who want to return your tickets and try again another time have spoken, but so have the new information, the capacity of the hospital and those of us in the group, the team and the place. We certainly had enough cancellations to make the vote count, but we also want, now with all the new information, to stop for our own good. “
Marking the first series of shows for LCD Soundsystem in three years – and the group’s return to the venue since 2017 – the residency began on November 23 and was set to have a record of dates until December 21.
On December 17, the group responded to the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases in New York City and said it would continue its final sold-out shows in the 1,800-seat venue, scheduled for December 19 and 20. and 21. “We said we would play, and people come in, so we play” said the group. âPerforming the shows is by no means an indicator that it is safe to attend. “
On December 19, the group released a different statement regarding the cancellation of the remaining concerts.
“We are so sorry for all who wanted to come anyway,” the group wrote. âTo people who have made plans, travel or otherwise, or who fought to obtain these tickets. Of course, you’ll get your money back, and like we said the other day, you’ll be the first in line for tickets the next time we play in New York. But we’re still sorry, whatever. Sorry we can’t play these last 3. Sorry for not seeing your (partial) faces. Sorry we can’t play together.
LCD added, âWe have tried. We really did. We were encouraged to see so many masks on the last show. We were incredibly grateful to everyone who wanted this to work. But we will still have to wait until we know what this new wave means for all of us. Thank you for listening again, trying … Be careful.
On December 22, Amazon Music will release a live virtual stream, The special holiday LCD Soundsystem, featuring the group’s 20-show residency and a cast of characters portraying the group in a ’90s-inspired sitcom titled All my friends, named after the group’s hit in 2007. Directed by Eric Wareheim (Tim & Eric), who also plays LCD frontman James Murphy, the All my friends The sitcom also features Macaulay Culkin as drummer Pat Mahoney, Christine Ko as singer and keyboardist Nancy Whang, Jon Daly as bassist Tyler Pope, Tony Cavalero as Nick Millhiser (synth), Cory Loykasek as Al Doyle (guitar and synth), Aparna Nancherla as Abby Echiverri (synth), Rex Lee as Brian Graf (manager of LCD Soundsystem), Luenell as group tour director and Eric’s puppet in as Korey Richey (synth).
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