Phil Elverum: “Please Don’t Come” To Tomorrow’s Mount Eerie Show

Last week, Phil Elverum announced his first Mount Eerie show in a little over two years, explaining that he would perform a set of new material about the recent death of his wife Geneviève during a free concert at Anacortes, Washington’s Business record store. The show is happening tomorrow, and now, as Pitchfork reports, Elverum has taken to social media to ask people not to come.

“People from all aspects of my life have been writing me to tell me they plan on making a journey in order to attend. It feels as if I’m about to play at Madison Square Garden and nobody wants to miss it,” he writes in a note posted to Twitter. “Please don’t come. It was supposed to be a mellow ‘practice show,’ un-amplified and quiet, in a very small record store at 5 p.m. I just wanted to try out these new songs in my community. There won’t be enough room for the people who want to come and many people will almost certainly be turned away at the door.”

While he appreciates that “people are excited to hear what I’ve been up to after this long hiatus” and that “they feel it’s a show of support for me in what has been a pretty brutal time in my life,” he says that he feels “overwhelmed” and regrets announcing the show on the internet. He is still playing the show, however, and he says that the new songs “will be released on a new album very soon,” with a full tour to follow. Read his entire note below.