The coronavirus pandemic is having a huge impact on the concert industry. Now amid continued fears, two of the world’s biggest concert promoters, Live Nation Entertainment and AEG Presents, have suspended all current tours through March.
This news was reported by both The New York Times and Rolling Stone. Coupled with the festival cancellations of South by Southwest and Coachella, this marks another significant blow to the industry. Live Nation and AEG both plan to cease touring through March and reevaluate in April. While no one can predict if things will ease up, the hope is that the busy summer schedule will not be lost.
Live Nation represents a high-profile stable of touring artists that includes Foreigner, Journey, the Pretenders, Judas Priest, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Smashing Pumpkins, Tool, Primus, Black Crowes, Ratt, Cinderella‘s Tom Keifer, Megadeth,
AEG’s roster includes the Rolling Stones, Elton John, the Who, Alice Cooper, Bon Jovi, Santana, Roger Waters, Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Whitesnake, Styx, Steve Miller Band, Tesla, Bad Company, Alan Parsons, Ted Nugent, America, the Cult, Bryan Adams
Earlier on Thursday, a task force also including representatives from other major talent agencies issued a statement noting, “At this time, we collectively recommend large-scale events through the end of March be postponed. We continue to support that small scale events follow guidance set by their local government officials.”
Pearl Jam, Green Day, Whitesnake are some of the bigger-name artists that have already postponed entire touring legs.