Indie Rock Band “Spoon” Cancels Iowa Show Over Vaccine Protocols
The Austin, Texas band "Spoon" won't be playing in Des Moines at Hoyt Sherman Place. They have cancelled the September 9th show and will be filling that date in Omaha, Nebraska instead.
Over the last month there has been changes to how bands, venues and concert companies are handling COVID-19. Live Nation, the largest concert promoter in the world, announced they will be requiring attendees to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test. AEG will be doing the same at all their venues. Then you have individual bands deciding to pull the plug on tours for the remainder of the year as cases are once again on the rise. Nine Inch Nails recently cancelled the remainder of their tour including Riot Fest in Chicago due to concern with the virus. However that slot has been filled by Slipknot.
Other shows have been cancelled due to members of the band testing positive for COVID. Both Jonathan Davis of Korn and Corey Taylor on his CMFT tour had to cancel shows after both testing positive.
This situation however, is different from those. A small band in "Spoon". A small club in Des Moines not governed by Live Nation or AEG. But, they are governed by the Iowa government. And, with Iowa banning busineses from requiring proof of vaccination, the band pulled the plug on the show.
They stated on Instagram:
"Times being what they are, we've been working with local promoters to try to provide a safer experience for everyone at our shows by requiring proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test 48 hours prior to entry. Due to Iowa's limitations of vaccine mandates, we're regrettably canceling the Sept 9 Des Moines show."
The band goes on to say that ticket buyers to the Des Moines show refer to point of purchase for refund information.