Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder Suffers Throat Damage From Europe’s Wildfires

The band Pearl Jam canceled a show in Vienna on Wednesday, saying the heat, dust and smoke from wildfires sweeping across Europe injured lead singer Eddie Vedder’s throat at an outdoor show in Paris.

“He saw doctors and underwent treatment, but so far, his vocal cords have not recovered,” the group said about Mr. Vedder, 57, in a statement posted on its official website and Twitter account. “This is terrible news and a terrible time.”

Pearl Jam performed at Lollapalooza Paris on Sunday, amid a record-breaking heat wave across Europe. Wildfires in southwestern France have forced the evacuation of 37,000 people and destroyed nearly 80 square miles of forest.

Fans with tickets for Wednesday night’s show in Vienna will receive their refunds, the band said. The next program is in Prague on Friday; There was no word on whether that would be cancelled. The band will play two more shows in Amsterdam on Sunday and Monday to wrap up their European tour. Shows in North America are scheduled to begin in September.

Above-average temperatures are forecast to continue in southern and eastern parts of Europe this week, said Jonathan Porter, chief meteorologist at private forecasting firm Aquazer.

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