Pearl Jam forced to cancel show after French fires affect Eddie Vedder's voice

Paris, France - Rock band Pearl Jam were forced to cancel their show in Vienna, Austria, on Wednesday as singer Eddie Vedder recovers from throat damage.

Pearl Jam was forced to cancel their show in Vienna as the band's frontman Eddie Vedder suffers from throat damage sustained from a previous gig.
Pearl Jam was forced to cancel their show in Vienna as the band's frontman Eddie Vedder suffers from throat damage sustained from a previous gig.  © MIKE COPPOLA/GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/GETTY IMAGES VIA AFP

In a statement shared on Twitter, the band explains that "due to the extreme circumstances at the last outdoor site, outside of Paris (heat, dust, and smoke from the fires) our singer Ed Vedder’s throat was left damaged. He has seen doctors and had treatment but as of yet, his vocal cords have not recovered."

Pearl Jam is currently on a summer tour of Europe. On Sunday, the band performed at the Lollapalooza Paris festival where temperatures reportedly reached a high of 96.8 Fahrenheit, as a heatwave across Europe reached record-breaking temperatures and caused catastrophic fires.

"This is brutal news and horrible timing… for everyone involved," the statement continued. "Those who work so hard to put on the shows as well as those who give their precious time and energies to attend."

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The band added that Vedder wanted to play but "There’s just no throat available at this time." They also apologized and promised fans will be refunded "at point of purchase."

Pearl Jam is scheduled to perform next in Prague, the Czech Republic, on Friday.

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