Eddie Vedder, frontman of rock band Pearl Jam, has suffered throat damage attributed to extreme weather events in France this week.
Pearl Jam performed Sunday at the Lollapalooza Paris festival, where temperatures reached 36C (96.8F) in the mid-afternoon.
They canceled a concert in Vienna on Wednesday, saying: “Due to the extreme conditions at the last outdoor venue, outside Paris (heat, dust and smoke from the fires), our singer Ed Vedder’s throat has been damaged. He has seen doctors and been treated, but so far his vocal cords have not recovered. This is brutal news and terrible timing… for everyone involved.”
They added that they were “very sorry” and that refunds would be offered.
Last week, forest fires broke out in the southwest of the Gironde in France. Nearly 40,000 people have been evacuated from their homes, more than 20,000 hectares of land have been burned.
Smoke from the fires has reached Paris, where meterologist Sébastien Léas told Franceinfo: “The sky is cloudy, a little hazy and you can smell a burning smell.”
The Paris police wrote on Twitter on Tuesday: “You may smell a burning smell… this smell is definitely from the fires that start all over France. The reason? The variability of the wind. Don’t clog the emergency phone lines. Do not call the fire brigade until the presence of a fire has been proven.”
Pearl Jam’s next scheduled date is Friday night in Prague, on a tour described in a Guardian five-star review as “a sensitive, subversive new vision for classic rock”.