Greta Van Fleet postpones tour again as guitarist battles pneumonia
After the dismissal a pair of Michigan dates on her Dreams in Gold Tour, Greta Van Fleet postponed the remainder of her North American tour after guitarist Jake Kiszka was hospitalized with pneumonia.
“We are discouraged to announce that the shows from March 22 through April 2 must be postponed for the health and safety of our brother, Jake,” the Frankenmuth quartet said in a statement released Monday. “We recognize how heartbreaking this news is and share your disappointment.”
Kiszka spent four days in hospital and was discharged, but “is still struggling with pneumonia and its symptoms,” the band wrote. “The healing process is long and slower than expected. Jake wanted to go ahead, but the doctors advised that it could lead to further complications and a longer recovery.”
In all, Monday’s announcement affects eight upcoming tour dates, beginning with Tuesday’s concert in Madison, Wis. The group will reschedule shows and share new dates when they are booked, with the exception of Madison’s show, which will not be made up. due to planned renovations to the site.
“To the fans, friends and family who had planned to travel far and wide to be with us – your unwavering support has not gone unnoticed,” the band’s statement read. “We appreciate your dedication, understanding, grace and sympathy.”
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The Michigan rockers opened their tour at Kalamazoo’s Wings Event Center on March 10, and followed with shows at DeltaPlex Arena in Grand Rapids and Dow Event Center in Saginaw.
These were the first three shows of a planned five-show Michigan tour, but the band was forced to step aside shows at Flint’s Dort Financial Center and Eastern Michigan University’s Convocation Center when Jake and Josh Kiszka fell ill. Those shows have been rescheduled for September 13 and 14, respectively.
The band planned to resume their tour this weekend in West Virginia, but that show was also put on the back burner when Jake’s condition became “more complex”, according to a group post.
“What started as a mild cough on Tuesday quickly progressed overnight, necessitating her admission to hospital,” the group said. “Doctors were unsure of the exact disease, (but) after further evaluation they are confident in their diagnosis of pneumonia and an optimal treatment has been determined.”
The group plans to resume their tour in May in South America.
The Dreams in Gold tour follows last year’s “The Battle at Garden’s Gate,” the band’s second studio album, which debuted at No. 7 on Billboard’s Top 200 albums chart.