Chris Stapleton Ends New York Tour Over Smoke Crisis

After the Canadian wildfires engulfed the eastern part of the United States in shrouds of unhealthy and dangerous smoke, country music star Chris Stapleton canceled his concert in Syracuse, New York, according to The Daily Wire. He tweeted that the concert will be postponed and previously purchased tickets will be honored. 

He stated that the conditions of the air are the reason they are seeking to reschedule. Other dates on the tour have not yet been affected and there is not yet any indication that they will be. The wildfires in Nova Scotia and Quebec have slowly crept over the U.S.’s major cities, such as Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Charlotte, North Carolina. Layers of smoke also reached Virginia.

Fans were sympathetic. One fan said that it was a “good call,” recalling her experience just walking to her car and feeling like her lungs were burning. She noted that it would be difficult for someone to try to sing in those conditions. Others were bummed out because they traveled from out of state or will not be able to cancel their hotel reservations. Refunds for the concert have not been specified. 

But the Stapleton concert was not the only one to be affected. Jodie Comer’s Broadway show “Prima Facie” was altered after the star coughed on stage and said that she could not breathe the air. She was subsequently helped off of the stage. But the star’s understudy, Dani Arlington, performed instead. While many in the audience left and received refunds, many also stayed and gave Arlington a standing ovation at the end. 

The incident came as officials in the Northeast issued a code red “stay inside” advisory as images of New York City showed an apocalyptic scene. The city was covered in a red haze.