Bill Kreutzmann Says He’ll Sit Out Dead & Company Shows Due To Heart Condition

Dead & Company drummer Bill Kreutzmann posted a series of tweets in which he announced he will pull out of the band’s shows due to his heart condition.

In 2015, Bill Kreutzmann formed Dead and Company with former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Mickey Hart alongside John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti, and Oteil Burbridge. Recently, the band was planning to host their destination festival, Playing In The Sand. The first leg of the festival will take place alongside Mexico’s Riviera Cancún from January 7 until January 10. The second leg of the festival will take place the following weekend, between January 13 and 16.

According to his recent tweets, Bill Kreutzmann won’t be attending these shows due to his heart condition. The drummer announced that he received a message from his doctor, who ordered him ‘to sit this one out.’ He then talked about the health issues he experienced last fall and said his doctor ordered him to take it easy.

Following that, Kreutzmann said he needs to recover through the end of January so that he can continue drumming and playing for his fans during future shows. The musician stressed that he has so much music left in him that although he dislikes obeying orders, he needs to do what his doctors said to play for his fans again.

Bill Kreutzmann’s tweets read:

“Playing In The Sand has become my favorite tour stop in recent years, and there’s so much about it that’s just so great. And thus, it is with a heavy and still recovering heart that I have to relay a note that I received from my doctor this morning, ordering me to sit this one out.

As many of you know, I had some health issues this past fall. After a lifetime of playing special beats, it’s almost no wonder that my heart came up with its own idea of rhythm. All jokes aside, my doctor has ordered me to take it easy (and stay safe) through the end of January so that I can continue to drum and play for you for many tours to come. I have a lot of music left in me, and there’s no stopping me from playing it.

I’ve never been one to obey orders or play by the rules… But in the interest of longevity, I hope you’ll understand. I wish my brothers in the band the best these next two weeks, and I look forward to meeting back up with them — and with you — before you know it. Please stay safe out there so that we can do it all again.”

You can check out the tweets below.