Alesana Postpone Tour Due To Positive COVID-19 Diagnosis, Band Previously Refused To Play Venues With Stricter COVID-19 Safety Policies


Alesana have postponed the remainder of their 10th anniversary tour in support of their album “The Emptiness“. The decision comes as a result of a positive COVID-19 test result within the band’s camp. A statement issued by the group on the matter reads:

“Hello everyone – unfortunately our camp was exposed and we experienced a positive test. This is obviously very disappointing news and means we have to postpone the remainder of our tour. Our number one priority at this point is getting rested and well. We will get the remaining dates rescheduled for some time in the future. We look forward to putting all of this in the rear view mirror and to getting back out on the road.”

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The positive COVID-19 diagnosis follows some headlines the band generated earlier this month for refusing to play venues that had stricter COVID-19 safety protocols in place—namely attendees providing proof of a full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test and mandatory face masks. The postponed dates include:

08/18 Corpus Christi, TX – Boozers
08/19 Dallas, TX – Trees
08/20 Lubbock, TX – Jake’s
08/21 Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
08/22 Houston, TX – Scout Bar

The band’s previously released statement issued in response to scrapping shows in Nashville, TN and St. Louis, MO over COVID-19 safety protocols read as follows:

“We are in unprecedented times as a music community in the face of a pandemic.

The nature of safety, both for everyone personally and for the music community as a whole, has become an issue that no one could have foreseen and yet we are forced to deal with.

The other issue that can’t be dismissed is everyone’s right to choose what they think is best for themselves, their bodies, and their families.

When this tour was booked we were on a downward trend of infection and we made certain to play venues that were inclusive and permitted all attendees to come to the show, allowing all individuals to assess risk on their own and make a decision they were comfortable with.

That is no longer the case and, after a lot of thought, we have decided to pull some shows that are no longer allowing that autonomy.

We have no ill will towards the venues. We definitely understand and appreciate their right to set their own guidelines, but we too have a choice as to what restrictions are placed on our fans.

The subject of the coronavirus has been about as divisive as it can get. Alesana’s members have opinions on all sides of the spectrum when it comes to the pandemic, but we do agree that how every individual feels, and the decisions they make for themselves, are personal choices and it’s not our place to enforce penalties on people who choose one way or the other.

We encourage everyone to practice the safety measures that make you comfortable and remember that there is currently an inherent risk by attending a concert which you must accept if you want to see live music. That choice belongs to you.

We love all of you and hope for nothing but good health in the Alesana Army, but we will not be the arbiters of who can and can’t see us based on their choices for their personal health.

For those fans unable to see us as a result of these cancellations, we’re sorry the situation is what it is and hopefully we can make it up to you once the pandemic is in the rear view mirror.”

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