Due to a sudden health issue, Yeah Yeah Yeahs were no longer on the performance list of Boston Calling, as it was announced in an Instagram post. Regarding the matter, the band’s official Twitter account shared a statement with details about the situation and an apology from Karen O to the fans.
The festival’s official explanation, accompanied by some new posters, read:
“Due to an illness within the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the band will no longer be able to perform at Boston Calling. The festival has added Dropkick Murphys, Boston’s own beloved Celtic punk band, to the lineup. Dropkick Murphys will perform at 5:55 PM on Friday, May 26th, and The National will now perform at 7:05 PM before Foo Fighters close out the first night of the festival.”
While the vocalist explained her condition as follows:
“Hi, dear Bostonians. I got nailed with a gnarly bug last week that got in there deep. I’ve started a course of antibiotics and have been instructed to continue to rest it out, which means I won’t be able to sing for you this Friday at Boston Calling. Ugh!
We have been so looking forward to playing for you again and are super bummed and sorry for the disappointing news. I just want to emphatically note that this is unrelated to Nick [Zinner], who is doing great and back in fighting shape again. We hope to see you soon in good health and spirits; until then, much love.”
As the singer hinted at in her text, this is not the first time the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have faced such a situation. Back in 2022, Zinner, the band’s guitarist, was down with pneumonia, leading to the cancellation of some of their shows.
To announce the news through a tweet, the band wrote:
“As many of our fans know, Nick has pneumonia over the last month, and it’s been an up-and-down recovery process. The band’s top priority is supporting Nick, and as a result, we had to pull out from our engagements of KROQ’s Acoustic Christmas and Saturday Night Live. […]
We send our love to our fans and supporters; thank you for your understanding and well wishes; it means the world to us. Wishing you a healthy and happy rest of 2022; we’re looking forward to a strong return in 2023.”
In terms of future events, there’s no official word yet on how Karen O’s health status will impact YYY’s upcoming tour, set to start in June. However, fans are hopeful that she will recover quickly, allowing the band’s tour schedule to proceed as initially planned.
— Yeah Yeah Yeahs (@YYYs) May 25, 2023