September 24 – Classical rock band Foreigner abruptly canceled their Friday show at the Fruit Yard Amphitheater in Modesto due to a COVID-19 outbreak while on tour.
The band, known for hits like “I Want to Know What Love Is,” Hot Blooded, ”and“ Cold As Ice, ”were scheduled to perform Friday night with the opening act and other classic Great White rockers. Promoter Richter Entertainment The group’s Facebook page on Friday morning announced the cancellation instead.
The show has since been rescheduled and refunds are also available.
The post includes a statement from Foreigner lead singer Kelly Hansen, who said, “We’ve been very diligent with a narrow bubble behind the scenes and testing everyone around every three days. It’s mystifying how this virus has infiltrated our camp and all we can say is we are so sorry and can’t wait to be able to start again safely. “
In addition to their Modesto show, the group has canceled their upcoming shows in Reno, Saratoga, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara which will run until October 2. The group’s next show after these dates is not scheduled until October 11 in Detroit.
Group manager Phil Carson added in the announcement, “Last night we tested positive and we have taken this action to protect the rest of us, the venue staff and our audience. The group is more than devastated. They were especially looking forward to playing the orchestral show at the Greek Theater (in Los Angeles) in what is the hometown of most of them. “
The post said a new announcement on alternate dates and ticketing would be released shortly. The Fruit Yard posted the cancellation information on its amphitheater page.
Later today, The Fruit Yard and Richter Entertainment Group released information about the postponement. The concert has been moved to October 7 and all current tickets will be honored for the new show. Those unable to attend the postponed show can request refunds through Ticketmaster.
In Facebook posts on the postponement, group frontman Hansen said: “We love playing for our fans and we are sorry that Covid forced this postponement. We have been fortunate enough to reschedule this show so that we can continue playing. with you all. See you on the 7th! “
The open-air concert hall on the eastern outskirts of Modesto had resumed concerts after a year of pandemic shutdowns in August. Country artists Little Big Town and Cole Swindell and classic pop stars Rick Springfield and Richard Marx have performed in the venue since.
The next show scheduled for the amphitheater is country singer Dustin Lynch on October 22. He was due to perform on location in 2020 before the pandemic put an end to most live entertainment in the region and country.
The amphitheater opened in August 2018 on the rural grounds of the popular and long-standing The Fruit Yard restaurant and market. The site has a capacity of approximately 3,500 people, including 1,500 ground seats and 2,000 more on its grassy outer berm.
This story was originally posted on September 24, 2021 at 12:51 p.m. ET.