This news was met with a strong reaction, even by fans who had no intention of going to see any of these shows. Most fans seemed sad and concerned. Some were shocked. Many were worried about their upcoming shows or about buying tickets to shows. Obviously, all of these reactions are valid and understandable. I, too, am sad. How could I not be? I feel down both for the band and for the fans. It is a no-win situation for anyone. The guys must be feeling terrible about having to do this. Simon, in particular, must feel completely frustrated despite whatever progress has been made. I, obviously, also feel badly for the fans who planned to go to those shows. As someone who recently went through this myself, I understand how horrible that feels. Do I think it is good that the band announced this a couple of weeks before the next show was expected to happen? I guess. Yes, I think it is good for people to know and for people to be able to change plans to save money and time. That said, I don’t blame them for how they have handled things previously. Would I have liked to have known that my shows were being postponed a week or two before? Sure but it didn’t happen that way and it worked out as well as it could. There is no one I could blame, anyway.
Am I worried more or less about Simon and the band’s future? This announcement did not change my concern. It is the same. I wasn’t going to feel really good about Simon until I saw that he was able to perform at a series of shows. I wanted to know that he was able to sing and hold up for a full tour. One show wouldn’t have cut it for me. That said, I was still surprised by this. I had heard that things were improving. Plus, I saw that they were adding more dates, even in Europe. Yes, I was aware that things weren’t 100%, though. I heard that radio interview with Roger and did notice that he said that Simon was 80%. 80% isn’t 100%. I had hope, however, that he would be able to improve fast enough to play these dates. Of course, I am glad that they have postponed these dates if it means that Simon has more time to recover and less of a chance of more damage or permanent damage. Thus, all I can really do right now is offer support to both the band and the fans.
Once the community gets over this shock, I’m sure there will be more and more discussions about the chances of those US dates being played or even about those rescheduled UK dates being played. I don’t have any answers there. I wouldn’t know what to do if I was thinking about getting tickets to the California show or to the Atlanta show. I’m not sure what Rhonda and I should do. We had been operating under the idea that Simon would be better and that the shows would be played. Will the UK dates happen? I don’t know. Will we know if Simon is able to do them in advance? I don’t know that, either. So, should we rethink our plan to go back? Right now, we aren’t thinking that, but it is something to consider depending on how the next few months go. The more that they tell us about Simon’s progress, the easier the decisions regarding shows will be, not only for us but for everyone. Right now, we are all in the same boat. Watching, waiting and hoping that everything will be okay.