The first half of Robert Plant’s upcoming UK tour with Saving Grace in June, July and August has been cancelled after the UK delayed a plan to lift remaining coronavirus restrictions at the end of June.
Plant had been due to go on the road with Saving Grace from June 22 until August 2 but many of the early shows have been cancelled or postponed.
Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, announced on Monday that a planned June 21 date for lifting restrictions in the country had been delayed to July 19, placing many shows in doubt.
Four Saving Grace shows have been cancelled and two dates have been rescheduled, LedZepNews has learned.
Saving Grace had been due to start the tour in Tenbury Wells on June 22. The show was deleted from the band’s tour schedule shortly after it was published, however, and the venue previously said it was waiting to learn whether coronavirus restrictions in the UK would lift as planned on June 21.
The venue confirmed on Monday that the show was cancelled because of the delay to lifting restrictions in the UK. “We hope to find an alternative date if we can and I will let you know as soon as we know more,” the venue wrote on its Facebook page.
The band’s June 24 performance in Exmouth has also been cancelled, according to the venue’s Facebook page.
Plant had to “cancel his sold out show because of the social distancing requirements, and can’t reschedule as he has to be back in the USA for remaining 2021/22 commitments,” the venue wrote. It’s unclear what upcoming commitments Plant has in the US, but this could be connected to his upcoming new album with Alison Krauss or his second Band Of Joy album that is also on the way. It could also be a separate Saving Grace US tour.
Despite the venue confirming that the June 24 show is cancelled and not being rescheduled, it’s still listed on Plant’s official website as going ahead.
LedZepNews has also learned that Saving Grace’s June 25 show in Poole has been cancelled and won’t be rescheduled. An official announcement of the cancellation is due to be made later this week. It’s currently listed on Plant’s official website as going ahead.
Saving Grace’s performance at the Black Deer Festival in Kent on June 27 has also been cancelled, along with the entire festival, according to its website. Organisers are now planning a 2022 festival instead, and Plant’s official website lists this date as “postponed.“
LedZepNews has also confirmed that Saving Grace’s June 29 show in Shrewsbury has been cancelled, although the venue was unclear on whether it might be rescheduled. Again, Plant’s website still lists this show as going ahead.
The July 16 show in Bexhill has been rescheduled to July 20, according to the venue’s website, but remains listed on Plant’s website with the old date.
The cancellation of multiple Saving Grace tour dates follows a similar issue the band had last year when a planned US tour collapsed because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Here’s our breakdown of Saving Grace tour dates:
- June 22 – Tenbury Wells (cancelled)
- June 24 – Exmouth (cancelled)
- June 25 – Poole (cancelled)
- June 27 – Black Deer festival in Kent (postponed to 2022)
- June 29 – Shrewsbury (cancelled)
- July 16 – Bexhill (rescheduled to July 20)
- July 19 – Worthing
- July 22 – Malvern
- July 26 – Dudley
- July 29 – Buxton
- July 31 – Underneath the Stars festival in Barnsley
- August 2 – Birmingham