John Mayer Tests Positive for COVID, Drops Out of Mexico Performances with Dead & Company

Grateful Dead founding member Bill Kreutzmann also removed himself from the music event earlier this week due to health issues

John Mayer has tested positive for breakthrough COVID-19.

On Wednesday, the official Instagram account for Dead & Company — a band made up of former Grateful Dead members that Mayer, 44, plays alongside — announced in a post that the singer received a positive coronavirus test result and will no longer perform at Playing in the Sand, their annual music festival in Mexico.

"Today, just prior to leaving for Mexico, per his physician, John Mayer tested positive for COVID-19 and will be unable to perform at the upcoming 'Playing in the Sand' event in Riviera Cancun January 7-10," the statement read.

The weekend event will now feature band members Mickey Hart, Bob Weir, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge, along with Jay Lane and Tom Hamilton Jr. filling in. Margo Price and others will also appear as "special guests and sit ins," the statement said.

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The statement added: "In these unprecedented times fans should expect many rare and different tunes."

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Earlier in the week, Grateful Dead founding member Bill Kreutzmann removed himself from the music event, citing health concerns, Rolling Stone reported.

Lane, 57 — a founding member of Weir's RatDog — is set to fill in for him.

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In the Instagram post, a statement from Grateful Dead's Weir, 74, was also included.

"We came down here to have fun. Unfortunately some of our brothers cannot make it but fun is what we're going to have," he said.

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