Justin Bieber postpones Summerfest 2022 show in Milwaukee due to facial paralysis from Ramsay Hunt syndrome

Justin Bieber's facial paralysis will keep him sidelined from Summerfest, festival officials confirmed Thursday — resulting in the loss of one of the festival's biggest highlights for 2022.

“In light of Justin’s ongoing recovery, the remaining U.S. Justice Tour shows scheduled for June and early July, including at Summerfest at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater in Milwaukee on Friday, June 24, 2022 will be postponed," the tour's promoter, AEG Presents, said in a statement. "Justin continues to receive the best medical care possible, is upbeat about his recovery, and is looking forward to getting back out on the road and performing for his fans overseas later this summer."

On June 10, after postponing three shows in Washington and Toronto for what was then an undisclosed medical issue, Bieber posted a video on Instagram showing that half of his face was paralyzed because of Ramsay Hunt syndrome, which occurs “when a shingles outbreak affects the facial nerve near one of your ears,” according to the Mayo Clinic.

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Since that announcement, Bieber had postponed tour dates in New York City and Philadelphia, before calling off the rest of his June and early July shows on Thursday.

Don Smiley, CEO for Summerfest parent company Milwaukee World Festival Inc., told the Journal Sentinel this week that, due to the late postponement, an alternative show would not be booked for the amphitheater for June 24.

It will be only the second time that Summerfest has had a dark night in the amphitheater, since it opened as the Marcus Amphitheater in 1987. The first time was in 2019, following the June cancellation of a Megadeth July 4 date after frontman Dave Mustaine announced he was receiving treatment for throat cancer.

But the Bieber show postponement is an even bigger blow. The 23,000-person-capacity venue was sold out for the show, first planned for 2020 before Bieber's tour was postponed to this year because of COVID-19.

The good news is that the Summerfest show won't be canceled. Bieber's American Family Insurance Amphitheater performance will happen at some point, AEG Presents said in their statement Thursday. But a date has yet to be determined.

Refunds will be available through the point of purchase once the rescheduled date has been determined, and previously purchased tickets will be honored for the rescheduled date.

Fans who already purchased tickets for the Justin Bieber Summerfest concert also will receive a digital Summerfest general-admission ticket valid any day of the festival this year.

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