What the hell? Something like 50,000 people die from the regular flu in America every year (this is not an official number, we're paraphrasing what a friend told us), and not one tour has been canceled in our lifetime because of it. This swine flu is starting to piss us off.
As we reported yesterday, Young Jeezy and the English band Kissmet were both "forced" to cancel shows because of the influenza strain (The Daily Swarm has since added the black metal band Mayhem to their growing list of cancellations), but this one hurts. Mainly because of how little Cornelius tours. More than two months ago, we were so excited to announce Cornelius' short U.S. and Mexican tour -- playing shows with Deerhoof no less -- so you can see why we're bummed. In a short, simple press release, his camp stated:
Due to the Swine Flu concerns and increased governmental travel restrictions, Cornelius' tour in Mexico and the United States has been canceled.
Our deepest sympathies to all of those affected directly or indirectly by this virus.
Canceled are the following dates.
May 8 - Mexico City
May 9 - Guadalajara
May 12 - San Francisco
May 13 - Santa Cruz
May 14 - Los Angeles
May 16 - Pomona
To all of our fans, we hope to return in 2010 upon the release of Cornelius' forthcoming album, and will have more information for you in the coming months.
The Cornelius Group
Like we said, total bummer. Maybe the time off will give him a chance to schedule some East Coast dates to make up for it. Hint, hint.