Mudvayne Cancel Louder Than Life Appearance After Chad Gray Contracts COVID | Revolver

Mudvayne Cancel Louder Than Life Appearance After Chad Gray Contracts COVID

Alt-metal mutants pause string of long-awaited reunion shows
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A couple weeks back, Mudvayne made their long-awaited return to the stage at Inkcarceration festival in Mansfield, Ohio. It was the alt-metal mutant's first show in over 10 years and it marked the first of four headlining sets that the band were slated to play throughout North America this fall. 

Unfortunately, what would have been the band's second of the four reunion shows isn't going to happen. Today (September 21st), Mudvayne have revealed that frontman Chad Gray has tested positive for COVID-19, and the band are dropping off of their set at this weekend's Louder Than Life festival so that he can recover. 

"After taking every precaution to follow CDC COVID protocols during rehearsals and recent performance, Chad Gray and a few staff members have unfortunately tested positive for COVID-19," the band shared in a statement.

"The safety of our organization, fans and festival partners must come first. We are left no choice but to cancel our performance at Louder Than Life this weekend."

"Apologies to all the fans attending the festival this weekend," they added. "We look forward to getting everyone healthy and ready for our Aftershock and Welcome to Rockville performances later this year. We appreciate your love & support throughout these unprecedented times."

As they alluded to in the statement above, the band are expected to perform at Aftershock festival next month (October 7th-10th in Sacramento, California) and at Welcome to Rockville (November 11th-14th in Daytona Beach, Florida).