Social Distortion To Replace This Band, Which Replaced The Rolling Stones
First it was the Rolling Stones. Then it was Fleetwood Mac.
And finally, pouring rain caused the opening day to be delayed; maybe it’s good the Rolling Stones could not make it after all.
One has to wonder of some type of voodoo curse has been placed on the 50th anniversary of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, more widely known simply as JazzFest.
All stages were eventually running on Thursday, March 25 and the forecast for the rest of the weekend calls for sunny skies, with temperatures in the low-80s, with that signature Louisiana humidity.
The downpour was just the latest in a series of bad luck that has seemed to have a curse placed on JazzFest. But the show goes on because the music never stops in New Orleans.
After the Stones canceled their much-anticipated appearance on Thursday, May 2, due to Mick Jagger needing heart surgery, the replacement band, Fleetwood Mac, has had to do the same; in this case the lead singer, Stevie Nicks, has the flu.
“The flu has sidelined Stevie for a couple of weeks,” Mick Fleetwood said through a representative for the band. “But she is on the mend and we are looking forward to getting back out on the road.
“Unfortunately, the band will not be able to perform at JazzFest in New Orleans.”
To replace Fleetwood Mac, Widespread Panic (seems an appropriate name considering the circumstances) will now play on May 2.
The 2019 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is set for April 25-28 and May 2-5. It was that Thursday, May 2, that was going to be the blockbuster day with the Stones. One has to wonder if that day will be met my torrential rains, an electrical storm or some other voodoo hex.
Jazzfest posted this on its website:
Widespread Panic has just been added to the Jazz Fest May 2 music lineup, Festival organizers announced today.
Due to the illness of Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac has postponed four upcoming North American tour dates and their performance at Jazz Fest on May 2.
Mick Fleetwood said, “We are having more fun than ever on this current tour, but as we all know, touring life comes with its challenges. The flu has sidelined Stevie for a couple of weeks but she is on the mend and we look forward to getting back out on the road. We so apologize to the fans, but we are working on rescheduling.”
Jazz Fest wishes Stevie Nicks a speedy recovery and hopes to see her and the band at the Festival next year.
Ticketholders for May 2 will receive a notice from Ticketmaster to exercise their option to use their tickets on any day of the second weekend of Jazz Fest or to receive a full refund.
Admission for May 2 at Jazz Fest will no longer be day-specific. Second weekend general admission tickets will now be valid for any one day of the weekend, including May 2. General admission tickets to either weekend are only $75 through the day prior to each weekend. May 2 will now also become a second Locals Thursday (along with April 25). For both Thursdays, tickets will be only $50 dollars at the gate for Louisiana residents who present valid identification, up to two admissions per resident. Children’s tickets (ages 2 – 10) are only $5 and will now be available on every Festival day (at the gate only).
A limited number of VIP packages are still available.
Tickets are available at www.nojazzfest.com and www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Smoothie King Center Box Office.
So much for PubClub.com’s suggestion of a massive Jimmy Buffett tailgate party. They should have listened to me!