I hope you’re doing as well as possible in these tough times.
For information on my Tour Rescheduling Plan, click HERE.
For info on Watsky Relief, or to donate to help support my band, crew, and fans in need, click HERE. You can watch the charity live stream from Wednesday, May 6th 10AM until Thursday, May 7th at 7PM on youtube.com/gwatsky or facebook.com/gwatsky.
Sending you all love,
Whatever Watsky does he does with all his heart, if not more. Even as his hip hop has involved to include elements of rock, jazz, and orchestral arrangements, he has held true to his distinct blend of sometimes funny, often virtuosic, always honest wordplay. An alum of San Francisco's youth spoken word poetry scene, Watsky has appeared on HBO Def Poetry, Ellen, CNN, NPR, PBS, Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton Mixtape, toured extensively with his live band, and amassed over 200 million YouTube views. His debut essay collection, How to Ruin Everything (Penguin / Random House), was a New York Times bestseller. In May 2020, to raise money for COVID relief, Watsky set the Guinness World Record for longest rap marathon by continuously freestyle rapping for 33 hours and 33 minutes. He responds to 'George' or 'Watsky,' his family name, and is currently busy working on something more extra than the thing he did before it.
If you are a fan who incurred nonrefundable travel expenses for the PLACEMENT tour, you can submit a request for fan relief through email@example.com. For fan relief, please email a copy of your ticket, all applicable travel receipts (hotels and transportation only and a valid Paypal email address. Please understand that we’re a small group of people who will be manually responding to you. We will do our best to accommodate demand and will make our decisions on where to go from here with the tour with your thoughts and needs in mind.
A message from Watsky:
I didn’t allow myself to believe I would be writing this message to you. But here we are. The PLACEMENT tour is cancelled. It will not be re-scheduled. Every ticket will be automatically refunded. I looked at every option and decided that with Delta the way it is, even if we took every possible precaution, we’d spread the virus—not a matter of if, just how much. I can’t live with that. I’m sick of holding onto your money. I’m sick of waiting for the touring world to go back to the way it was. It’s been over two years since we booked these original tour dates— rescheduling is not a simple thing, and I need to move forward. If you have non-refundable travel expenses, or if you no longer have the credit card with which you made your original purchase, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to help.
I held onto these dates for so long because I felt it was important for us all to have something to look forward to. I didn’t want Covid to win. And I refuse to let the shows’ ultimate cancellation go down as nothing but bitterness and wasted effort. If you’ve been following my releases since COMPLAINT, you might have noticed that I’ve been setting up an album trilogy over the last few years. PLACEMENT— the album tour that Covid interrupted, was the second record in the series. And I think this cancelled tour has opened a door for something special to happen.
My contract is already signed with my longtime bus driver. My band and crew were expecting to go play. I won’t sit home and sulk. I’ve decided me and my crew and band are going to get on the tour bus and have one more adventure. But instead of playing concerts, we’re going to visit recording studios across America. And we’re gonna make an album. We’re going to finish this trilogy together.
Thanks to everyone who held onto their ticket as a show of support. I can’t express to you how much it hurts to cancel this tour. I’m gutted for you, the venue staff, my team who worked tirelessly on these reschedules, and the support acts we were going to share the stage with. But I hope that by turning that emotion into art to share with you guys that we can soften the sting. And out of the mess we can make something meaningful.
Watsky & co.
Kush Mody has transcribed guitar tabs and lead sheets for my first four albums. The physical book is available for purchase at this link, but we wanted to make the music free—it’s available for complimentary download here ☺︎