Eddie Vedder, the lead singer of the rock band Pearl Jam, claims that this week’s harsh weather in France caused damage to his throat. On Sunday, Pearl Jam played at the Lollapalooza Paris festival, where the afternoon high was 36C. (96.8F).
On Wednesday, they postponed a gig in Vienna, citing “severe circumstances at the previous outdoor site, outside of Paris (heat, dust, and smoke from the fires)” as the reason for the cancellation. Although he has seen specialists and received treatment, his vocal cords have not yet fully recovered. The timing of this news is terrible for everyone involved and is devastating.
Refunds would be provided, they claimed, and they expressed their “deepest regret.” Last week, forest fires started in France’s Gironde region in the southwest. Over 20,000 hectares of land have burned, and nearly 40,000 people have been forced to leave their homes. Sébastien Léas, a meteorologist, told Franceinfo that there is smoke from the fires in Paris and that “the sky is gloomy, a little hazy, and you can smell burning.”
On Tuesday, the Paris police department posted on Twitter that it was possible to smell burning, and that this stench was unquestionably coming from the flames that were raging throughout France. The cause? the wind’s ability to alter. Do not overburden the emergency phone system. Firefighters shouldn’t be called until a fire has been established. The band Pearl Jam will play their next concert in Prague on Friday night as part of a tour that has been dubbed “a sensitive, provocative new vision for classic rock” in a five-star Guardian review.