Blues Traveler has canceled their tour plans for 2021, following a bus crash that injured frontman John Popper.
News of the crash first broke in August – as Blues Traveler drove between shows on their summer tour, their tour bus swerved off the road and crossed a median in Minnesota. At the time, the group wrote: “Fortunately, we are all safe and only suffered minor injuries.”
However, on September 21, Popper informed fans via social media, lamenting persistent pain in his right knee and suspecting a ligament tear.
“… I reluctantly consider being afraid of having crutches … and I will definitely have to try the concert from a high chair again,” Popper wrote. “I’ve done this before, but every solid position to my right can mean electrical pain… shock-like… I’ll be damned if we stop because of this… I know it can happen if this injury gets too hard an battle alive in a bus, but I will not fall without a fight.
And while the group has yet to make an official statement, news of their tour cancellation came when their concert in Port Chester, at the Capitol Theater in New York City, was canceled.
“Blues Traveler is very sad to announce the cancellation of the remainder of their tour dates in 2021, due to injury to John Popper in the band’s recent bus crash,” the Hall wrote. “Tix will be automatically refunded at the time of purchase. We wish John a speedy recovery!
.@blues_traveler is very sad to announce the cancellation of the rest of their tour dates in 2021, due to the injury suffered by John Popper in the band’s recent bus crash. Tix will be automatically refunded at the time of purchase. We wish John a speedy recovery! pic.twitter.com/eYScIefofS
– The Capitol Theater 🐿 (@capitoltheatre) September 24, 2021