Coronavirus Tour Postponements and Cancellations
Fears over the spread of the coronavirus have caused many acts to change their tour plans, particularly those scheduled for Europe and Asia.
The virus is also affecting the festival industry, with the entire South by Southwest Conference and Festivals, which included appearances by Ozzy Osbourne and Trent Reznor, canceled for the first time in its 34-year history. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival also pushed back its annual event six months.
If your concert plans have been affected, please check the acts' website or official social media feeds for information regarding refunds and rescheduled dates.
Lynyrd Skynyrd's farewell tour, Last of the Street Survivors, was put on hold, "out of an abundance of caution," they said in a statement. The March stops of the run have been rescheduled for later in the year. A March 13 show in Fresno, Calif., will now be held Aug. 14; March 14's concert in Reno was moved to Oct. 2. "The four additional March shows will also be rescheduled, with new dates announced soon," Skynyrd noted.
With a week remaining in a U.S. leg of their End of the Road farewell tour, Kiss postponed the final shows, a joint run with David Lee Roth, until early October. The band had previously canceled all VIP packages that offered meet-and-greet photo opportunities.
Joel postponed two of his monthly Madison Square Garden concerts: The March 19 and April 10 shows were rescheduled for Sept. 26 and Oct. 11, respectively. The singer-songwriter has been performing regular concerts at the New York City venue since 2014.
Live Nation Entertainment and AEG Presents
The two large concert promoters are stopping all tours for the time being. The New York Times noted that both companies are suspending all arena shows through March, with plans to "re-evaluate the situation in April, in the hope of restarting for the lucrative summer season."
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
The Rock Hall's 2020 induction ceremony has been indefinitely postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In a statement, Hall President Joel Peresman admitted he was "disappointed" to announce the decision to halt the event, which had been scheduled for May 2 in Cleveland. “Our first concern is to the health and safety of our attendees and artists and we are complying to the direction of the local and state authorities and common sense," the official explained. "We look forward to rescheduling the ceremony and will make that announcement at the earliest convenience.” The Doobie Brothers, T. Rex, Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, Whitney Houston and the Notorious B.I.G. are scheduled for induction this year.
Rocker Bob Weir announced that spring dates alongside his band Wolf Bros would be postponed until the fall. "The health and wellbeing of our live music community is of the utmost importance," the Grateful Dead founder explained via statement. "So, while we all deal with the effects of coronavirus we will be rescheduling our remaining Bob Weir and Wolf Bros headline dates." Tickets to the original shows will be honored for the rescheduled dates.
The legendary band postponed a run of dates in the U.K. and Ireland that were to take place between March 16 and April 8. A statement issued by the Who read, “The fans’ safety is paramount, and given the developing coronavirus situation, the band felt that they had no option but to postpone the shows.” Singer Roger Daltrey noted that the shows would “definitely happen ... so keep those tickets.” Guitarist Pete Townshend added that “if one fan caught coronavirus at a Who concert, it would be one too many.”
On March 11, prog-rock legends Yes announced that they had cancelled spring tour dates and withdrawn from the annual Cruise to the Edge due to coronavirus concerns. In a statement announcing the decision, guitarist Steve Howe noted that "Although Yes performs with the spirit that ‘the show must go on,’ we’ve reached the point where various factors require us to cancel." The rocker kept further details vague, simply telling fans that "it’s become impossible to predict what will happen in the near future, but we look forward to seeing you all very soon.”
Big Ears Festival
The Knoxville music festival, scheduled for March 26-9, was canceled two weeks before it was supposed to start. "Just 48 hours ago, we were optimistic that there was a path forward," founder and Executive Director Ashley Capps wrote. "But with events surrounding COVID-19 developing rapidly along with the obvious need for urgent steps to contain its spread, we simply cannot move forward with the festival as scheduled." Among other artists, Big Ears was supposed to feature the debut U.S. performance by Sons of Chipotle, a new project that includes former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones.
Sammy Hagar and the Circle
On March 11, Sammy Hagar announced that he and his Circle bandmates have been forced to postpone a five-date tour of South America, which was scheduled to begin on March 14. "No one is more disappointed than me and the band. We were so looking forward to coming down there and playing. I've never played in South America ever in my life," Hagar lamented in a video posted to his Twitter account. "We went back and forth with the local promoters, they tried to ensure our safety the best they could [but] in the end we all agreed, it's not a good time. As soon as it gets better and as soon as we can, we will be down in South America."
On March 10, Santana announced they were canceling the entire European leg of their Miraculous World Tour, which was scheduled to take place between March 14 and April 5. "While we deeply regret this unfortunate circumstance, the safety of our fans is the main priority for the Santana Organization," read a statement on the band's website. "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
As February came to a close, Green Day announced that they were postponing the Asian leg of their Hella Mega tour with Weezer and Fall Out Boy "due to the health and travel concerns with coronavirus.” The three bands, which will play stadiums across Europe and North America this summer, were scheduled to perform nine shows in Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan throughout March.
Sons of Apollo
Sons of Apollo - a band consisting of former members of Guns N' Roses, Dream Theater, Journey and Mr. Big - scrapped the remaining dates on their European tour because of the disease. 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." While they acknowledged the financial impact the decision would have on them, they agreed that "this is a time where health comes first and we will not endanger band and crew, nor fans."
Whitesnake's Flesh & Blood tour of Japan was "unavoidably postponed due to the ongoing threat of the coronavirus." They stressed that fans should keep their tickets safe, because they'd guarantee entry into the rescheduled shows.
Slipknot had been booked to play throughout Asia, including the two-day Knotfest Japan - but the fest is now off 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
Queen + Adam Lambert were forced to reschedule their May 26 date at Paris' AccorHotels Arena because the French government, in an attempt to contain the spread of the disease, canceled all events in indoor venues with a capacity larger than 5,000 people until May 31. The group said none of its other concerts would be affected at the time.
South by Southwest
The annual South by Southwest festival in Austin was canceled after many of the corporations and artists involved, including Ozzy Osbourne and Trent Reznor, pulled out. Neither musician was scheduled to perform: Osbourne was planning to attend the premiere of a new documentary about his life, while Reznor was to discuss his work on the HBO series Watchmen.
Pearl Jam became the first major rock band to postpone a U.S. tour due to the outbreak. "As residents of the city of Seattle, we've been hit hard and have witnessed firsthand how quickly these disastrous situations can escalate," they said in a series of 10 tweets. "Our kids' schools have closed along with universities and businesses. It's been brutal and it's gonna get worse before it gets better." They also cited the lack of "clear messages from our government regarding people's safety and our ability to go to work" as a reason to believe that it will soon be under control. The band's month-long tour of Europe, beginning in late June, is scheduled to go on.
Poison singer Bret Michaels canceled his performances aboard the '80s Cruise after the Centers for Disease Control advised that "cruise ship travel be deferred for those with compromised immune systems." Michaels has Type 1 diabetes and "falls under the category of those that run the extreme high risk of contracting this illness." Plus, the statement added, if the ship were to be quarantined due to an outbreak, there would be a risk of Michaels running out of insulin and other supplies needed to manage his diabetes.
As his European tour came to a close, Bryan Adams had five shows in Norway and Denmark postponed by local authorities. Adams also postponed three dates in Sweden that were sandwiched between them. The Norway and Sweden concerts have been rescheduled for late May.
With the French Minister of Solidarities and Health recommending banning gatherings of more than 1,000 people, Van Morrison figured out a way to not cancel his March 9 show at the Paris' L’Olympia. He split the night in two, asking those who could arrive early to show up for a 7:30PM set, which would be followed by another performance two hours later.
The organizers of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., decided to move the event from two weekends in mid-April until mid-October. "While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our guests, staff and community very seriously," promoter Goldenvoice said in a statement. "We urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials." 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 after the Ministry of Health, along with the National Emergency Commission, canceled all massive events and activities.