Rock band cancels Des Moines show over Iowa’s vaccine passport ban

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The rock band Spoon performs on stage at the iHeartRadio ALTer EGO festival at The Forum on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A rock band canceled an Iowa concert because of the state’s so-called vaccine passport ban.

The band Spoon nixed its Sept. 9 Des Moines show, The Des Moines Register reported. Spoon instead will pay a show at Omaha, Nebraska’s Slowdown music hall.

The band posted on Instagram that it wanted Des Moines’ Hoyt Sherman Place to require concertgoers to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test.

But a new Iowa law bans businesses from requiring proof of vaccination.

“Due to Iowa’s limitations of vaccine mandates, we’re regrettably canceling the Sept. 9 Des Moines show,” Spoon wrote in the Instagram post.

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