John Mayer Will Sit Out Playing in the Sand Event Due to COVID
John Mayer will sit out the first weekend of the upcoming Playing in the Sand event in Mexico after testing positive to COVID-19. The event, which is traditionally headlined by Dead & Company, is set to take place January 7-10 and January 13-16 in Riviera Cancun. According to an announcement from Dead & Company, Mayer will sit out the January 7-10 festivities. Instead, Dead & Company’s Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge will perform as Dos Hermanos con Amigos during the event’s first weekend. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead guitarist/singer Tom Hamilton, Wolf Bros/RatDog drummer Jay Lane and special guests like Margo Price are slated to join the Dead & Company members.
A note form the band reads:
“Today, just prior to leaving for Mexico, per his physician,@JohnMayer tested positive for COVID-19 and will be unable to perform at the upcoming “Playing in the Sand” event in Riviera Cancun January 7-10. The weekend will now feature Dos Hermanos con Amigos: @MickeyHart and @BobWeir with Jeff Chimenti and @OteilBurbridge, joined by @LuvrzLane, @TommyHamilton and including special guests and sit ins including @MissMargoPrice and others…”
Weir also added in a statement, “We came down here to have fun. Unfortunately some of our brothers cannot make it but fun is what we’re going to have.”
Dead & Company drummer Bill Kreutzmann previously announced that he will sit out this year’s Playing in the Sand due to a medical issue not related to COVID. In 2017, Hamilton also played with Weir and other members of Dead & Company as Los Muertos during a Mexican destination event.