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Dave Matthews Band reschedules 2021 tour; 2 of 3 N.J. dates canceled

NJ.com logo NJ.com 4/22/2021 Bobby Olivier, nj.com

Dave Matthews Band was supposed to play three New Jersey amphitheater concerts this summer: twice at BB&T Pavilion in Camden (June 25 and 26), then once at Holmdel’s PNC Bank Arts Center (July 20).

But as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rearrange touring plans, DMB has rerouted its roadshow, pushing gigs to late summer and early fall. The new schedule, announced Thursday, includes a Sept. 22 date at PNC — exactly two years after his headlining set at the Sea Hear Now festival in Asbury Park — but no dates at BB&T.

PNC tickets will be cross-honored, BB&T tickets will presumably be refunded at point of purchase.

Dave’s rescheduling comes as the live music industry continues to play chicken with a lingering health crisis and pray that increased vaccinations will continue to quell COVID-19, to a point that large-scale shows may occur with near-normal capacities.

Current occupancy levels for New Jersey entertainment venues of 2,500 capacity or higher remain at 20% indoor and 30% outdoor. PNC Bank Arts Center’s capacity is 17,500, including a lawn that houses 10,500 fans and would be very difficult to socially distance.

Gov. Phil Murphy said Tuesday, in a television interview with WPIX-11: “We’re gonna definitely continue to open up, there’s no question about it.”

In the meantime, many artists with previously booked early-summer tours — most already postponed from 2020 — have moved their shows again, including Kenny Chesney, The Weeknd, My Chemical Romance and Steely Dan.

Additional postponements are likely in the coming weeks.

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Bobby Olivier may be reached at bolivier@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @BobbyOlivier and Facebook. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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