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Pop Evil Singer Leigh Kakaty Tests Positive for Covid-19


A day after announcing that a member of their “team” tested positive for Covid-19 and canceling one concert as a result, hard rock act Pop Evil have revealed that it’s singer Leigh Kakaty who has contracted the virus and postponed several more live shows.

In a new message to fans posted on social media, the band specified that Kakaty, as well as all band members and crew, were vaccinated. While so-called “breakthrough infections” of vaccinated people have been grabbing headlines, those remain relatively rare, and it is primarily unvaccinated individuals who are driving the current wave of infections. The three vaccines widely available in the U.S. remain highly effective at preventing severe disease, hospitalization and death; 97% of current hospitalizations consist of unvaccinated individuals.

In addition to the band’s show on Sunday, August 15 at The Oriental Theater in Denver, CO that was already canceled as a result of Kakaty’s positive test, more than a week’s worth of additional shows, through August 25, have now been postponed. The band is making efforts to move those to the end of the tour.

Pop Evil posted the following message last night:

“To our Evilz, we always want to be fully transparent with our fans and the status of our shows. All of our band members and crew have been vaccinated prior to us starting tour. Yesterday, and again this morning, Leigh Kakaty tested positive for COVID-19. Leigh wanted to make sure his test wasn’t a false positive before postponing any more shows. With his second positive test this afternoon, out of an abundance of caution, we will be postponing our shows and be back for our show in Virginia Beach on August 27. We are doing our best to move the following shows: Denver, CO (8/15), Des Moines, IA (8/17), Fargo, ND (8/18), Joliet, IL (8/20), Nashville, TN (8/21), Savannah, GA (8/23), Asheville, NC (8/24) and Jacksonville, NC (8/25) to the end of the tour. Leigh is already feeling much better and will be back on his feet in no time. We want to thank everyone for their continued support! See you soon.”

Korn, the Foo FightersBuckcherryLimp BizkitMammoth WVH and Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson are among other high-profile acts who have had to cancel live appearances because of positive Covid-19 diagnoses as the highly transmissible Delta variant spreads throughout the world.

Pop Evil’s unaffected upcoming tour dates remain as follows:

Aug. 27 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Elevation 27 [tickets]
Aug. 28 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls [tickets]
Sep. 01 – Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Theater [tickets]
Sep. 04 – Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma [tickets]
Sep. 08 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall [tickets]
Sep. 09 – Flint, MI @ Machine Shop [tickets]
Sep. 10 – Harrisburg, PA @ XL Live [tickets]
Sep. 11 – Mansfield, OH @ Inkcarceration Fest [tickets]
Sep. 12 – Danville, VA @ Blue Ridge Rockfest [tickets]
Sep. 15 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live [tickets]
Sep. 16 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom [tickets]
Sep. 17 – Portland, ME @ Aura [tickets]
Sep. 18 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Wally’s [tickets]
Sep. 21 – Huntsville, Al @ Mars Music Hall – Von Braun Center [tickets]
Sep. 22 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theater [tickets]
Sep. 23 – Destin, FL @ Club LA [tickets]
Sep. 24 – Orlando, FL @ Central FL Fairgrounds – Rebel Rock Fest [tickets]
Oct. 08 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival [tickets]

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