John Mayer is Positive for COVID, Forces Dead and Company Cancel Mexico Festival


John Mayer was tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday. This meant that over a week’s worth concert tickets had to be cancelled while Mayer recovers. Mayer was scheduled to perform in Cancun with Dead and Company, Mexico, from Friday, January 7 through Sunday, January 16. According to the band’s Twitter account, Mayer was due to perform with Dead and Company from Friday, Jan. 7 through Sunday, Jan. 16 in Cancun, Mexico. However, he was later diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, which prevented him from being allowed to leave the country.

Mayer would have been the frontman for Dead and Company’s March concert. “Playing in the Sand Festival” in Cancun. They had two shows planned for Jan. 7-10 and Jan. 13-16, but unfortunately they can’t continue. On Twitter, the band apologized for their actions and stressed that Mayer’s physician had warned him not to travel nor to perform. The singer-songwriter did not comment on the cancellations. He has, in fact, been absent from social networks so far in 2022.

Dead and Company, a rotating band of musicians made up mostly of ex-members of Grateful Dead, is Dead and Company. Following Mayer’s departure, the group had initially announced a new lineup. However, the group announced on Thursday that the Playing in the Sand Festival would be cancelled.

“With much sadness and after great consideration of every possible scenario, the [Playing in the Sand] shows in Riviera Cancun on Jauary 7-10 and January 13-16 have now been canceled by [organizer CID Presents] due to the spiking COVID-19 cases,”The band tweeted. “Dead & Company and CID Presents tried everything possible to bring normalcy and to deliver a great experience and amazing music, but with each day it became increasingly clear that canceling is the correct thing to do for the fans and for our crew.”

The band directed ticket-holders towards the websites to get refunds, but didn’t mention whether they would honor tickets for future shows. In a separate thread on Twitter, Bill Kreutzmann, the drummer, explained that his health was also a factor in the cancellation of the shows. He joked: “After a lifetime of playing special beats, it’s almost no wonder that my heart came up with its own idea of rhythm.”

The number of COVID-19 cases is on the rise in the U.S. Public health experts recommend booster shots and vaccines as the best defense against infection. Visit for the most recent information. The website of the CDC.

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