Coronavirus leads to cancelled concerts

The COVID-19 / Coronavirus has changed the touring plans of many acts – especially those that were scheduled to visit Europe and Asia.

So far, entire legs of tours by Pearl Jam, Green Day, Whitesnake have been postponed, while Sons of Apollo and Bryan Adams who were in the midst of tours, have shows canceled. The virus is also affecting the festival industry, as the entire South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festivals, which included appearances (not concerts) by Ozzy Osbourne and Trent Reznor. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival also pushed back its annual event six months.

Here are some additional acts that have changed plans:

The entire European leg of their ‘Miraculous World Tour has been canceled (between March 14 and April 5). The band’s organization posted a statement: “The safety of our fans is the main priority for us. We will keep you all informed of new performance dates as they are made, and will make every effort to return to Europe soon. Thank you all very much for your understanding.”

Green Day, Weezer and Fall Out Boy
The triple bill’s dates, part of their ‘Hella Mega‘ tour, has been canceled “due to the health and travel concerns with coronavirus.” This includes shows across Europe, North America, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan.

Sons of Apollo
Have scrapped its remaining dates on their European tour. In a statement, they said it had “escalated to a point where governments have decided to shut down venues, restrict events, limit flight destinations, with no certainty for us and our promoting partners and that our shows can be guaranteed to happen This is a time where health comes first and we will not endanger band and crew, nor fans.”

Japan dates, part of its ‘Flesh & Blood‘ tour of Japan was “unavoidably postponed due to the ongoing threat of the coronavirus.” Fans have been asked to hold onto their tickets because they’d guarantee entry into the rescheduled shows.

Dates for the two-day Knotfest in Japan have been postponed until further notice. Slipknot’s statement stressed that the health of the fans, band, and crew forced them into “the only responsible decision that could be made.”

Queen + Adam Lambert
The May 26th date in Paris was canceled by the French government’s decision. All events in indoor venues with a capacity larger than 5,000 people until May 31 under affected by the same rules.

South by Southwest
For the first time in its 34-year history, the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin was canceled after many of the corporations and artists pulled out. Both Ozzy Osbourne and Trent Reznor were due to present.

While their ‘End Of the Road” shows are going to continue, KISS is canceling all VIP packages that offered a meet-and-greet photo opportunity. Fans were notified and provided with refunds.

Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam became the first major rock band to postpone a U.S. tour. They posted the announcement on Twitter: “As residents of the city of Seattle, we’ve been hit hard and have witnessed firsthand how quickly these disastrous situations can escalate. Our kids’ schools have closed along with universities and businesses.” The band’s month-long tour of Europe, beginning in late June, is scheduled to go on.

Bryan Adams
Adams had five shows in Norway and Denmark postponed by local authorities. Adams also postponed three dates in Sweden.  All concerts have been rescheduled for late May.

Van Morrison
Morrison took a novel approach to announced cancellations. The French Minister of Solidarities and Health recommended banning gatherings of more than 1,000 people.  Morrison responded that for his March 9 show at the Paris’ L’Olympia, he’s asking those who could arrive early to show up for a 7:30 PM set, which would be followed by another performance two hours later.

The organizers of the Music and Arts Festival in Indio, CA have changed the event date from mid-April to mid-October. The promoter of the event said, “While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our guests, staff, and community very seriously,” This year’s festival was to be headlined by Rage Against the Machine, Travis Scott and Frank Ocean.

Guns N’ Roses
The band’s concert at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Ayma in San Jose, Costa Rica, has been canceled by the Ministry of Health, along with the National Emergency Commission.


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