Judas Priest, Ministry and more Denver concert postponements push shows into 2022

This first week of October brings more concert cancellations and postponements alongside the usual, seeming to contradict the march of new, indoor music events going on sale.

Not all have been blamed on COVID — ’90s alt-rockers Living Colour this week said their drop-off from Summerland Tour (which did not have Denver dates) was due to “continuing transportation issues,” hinting at a possible tour-bus driver shortage.

But the flow of acts canceling out of “an abundance of caution” or positive COVID tests also continues, shuffling shows to new venues and postponing dates for up to a year. The pandemic’s domino effect on the industry has been widespread, and potentially worsening as we head into the indoor-event season.

This week’s news follows cancellations and postponements last week affecting Andrea Gibson and Zoe Keating’s Chautauqua Auditorium date (now May 20, 2022), Dirtwire with Gone Gone Beyond and Blossomn at the Boulder Theater (now Jan. 22, 2022) and A-Track (scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 30, and canceled outright).

Here are some of the bigger shows that dropped off this week although, as with previous weeks, there are smaller ones that did not announce their changes via press release. Refunds for the bigger shows are typically automatic, and for the ones that aren’t, refunds are usually only available for the first 30 days after the announcement.

  • Judas Priest postponed its “50 Heavy Metal Years” tour with Saboton, which had been scheduled for tonight (Wednesday, Sept. 29) at Mission Ballroom. A new date has not been announced. The rescheduled show is because of “major medical heart condition issues” which landed guitarist Richie Faulkner in the hospital, according to the band’s Twitter account.
  • Ministry’s Ogden Theatre show, which had been rescheduled three times since its initial July 5, 2020 date, was pushed back a fourth time this week while changing venues. The most recently rescheduled date, Oct. 4, 2021, at the Ogden, is now scheduled for April 10, 2022, “out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of the band,” according to a press statement.
  • Best-selling progressive-Christian author Anne Lamott postponed her upcoming Paramount Theatre show from Oct. 8 to April 2, 2022. No reason for the postponement was given.
  • The Marías show this weekend (Saturday, Oct. 2), at Boulder’s Fox Theatre has been outright canceled, the band announced this week. “It’s so important to us that we take some time to focus on our mental health in order to achieve our intended dreams,” members wrote in a press statement.
  • Related: The Saturday, Oct. 2, “Trailblazer Tour” show from The Tsuruda + Chee + Esseks at the Boulder Theater has been downgraded to the smaller Fox Theatre in Boulder. Same date, same town, new venue. No reason was given.
  • Talking Heads cover act Start Making Sense postponed its Oct. 8 concert at the Fox Theatre until May 14, 2022. The band was apologetic in a press statement but gave no reason for the postponement.

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