Through a Facebook post, the Tulsa-based music group, Cliffdiver announced that four shows had been canceled this week due to a COVID positive case. Tickets will be refunded for Pittsburgh, Newport, Nashville, and Lawrence.
Cliffdiver bandmates are Joey Duffy (Vocals), Matt Ehler (Guitar/Vocals), Briana Wright (Vocals), Tyler Rogers (Bass), Dony Nickles (Saxophone), Eliot Cooper (Drums), and Gilbert Erikson (Guitar/Back-Up Vocals.)
“We were about 2/3 of the way through our tour. We had two weeks down on the East Coast and had a week to go [before] getting home. We’ve made it all the way up to Niagara and then found out that somebody in our tour party had it and so then we had tests in the van. Took one. We don’t want to risk anyone else getting sick,” said Duffy.
The group is so disappointed not to be able to finish the East Coast tour.
Duffy states that the band and road crew are all vaccinated and boosted, but even that isn’t a guarantee of not contracting COVID.
“It was an easy call to make. Keeping our people safe is our first priority. We have the best fans in the world and we want them to be safe,” said Duffy.
The Cliffdiver’s fan base has been very encouraging and supportive of the decision.
For an indie band on the road with the current gas prices, Duffy says that they were hoping those shows would help cover the cost of driving back. In their Facebook post, they expressed their gratitude to anyone willing to send the band gas funds, so the band members and road crew would be able to get home to Tulsa, from all the way up at Niagara Falls, at the far corner of the country in their van and with their trailer.
“It’s definitely a struggle. Being a touring band in the era of COVID, I’ll tell you,” said Duffy. “Ideally, we can still play Oklahoma City on Saturday, but it’ll all just depends on everyone. We’re all going home and quarantining immediately, so we’ll see.”
For any fans who won’t be able to see Cliffdiver this week, it won’t be long until the band will be returning.
“I know that we’re gonna go back to a lot of these cities later this summer since we’re going on tour with ‘Bowling For Soup,’” states Duffy.
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