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.
March 28 - Ringo Starr Postpones 2020 All Starr Tour Back a Year
Ringo Starr has pushed his annual star-studded summer tour, which was expected to kick of May 29, back to 2021. “This is very difficult for me,” the Beatles legend explained on Facebook. "In 30 years I think I’ve only missed two or three gigs, never mind a whole tour. But this is how things are for all of us now, I have to stay in just like you have to stay in, and we all know it’s the peace and loving thing we do for each other. So we have moved the Spring tour to 2021.”
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.” The band has since extended the postponement to include U.S. tour stops. The dates, which had originally been planned for April and May, will now take place in the fall.
Roger Waters has postponed his This Is Not a Drill Tour due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “The bad news is I’ve had to postpone my tour until next year,” the Pink Floyd co-founder declared in a statement. “Bummer, but if it saves one life, it’s worth it.” The trek had been scheduled to hit 31 cities from July through October, a plan specifically designed to lead up to the 2020 presidential election. Waters envisioned the tour as a chance to enlighten audiences about the world around them.
Eagles postponed their Hotel California 2020 tour dates. The trek - which includes stops in Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Phoenix - are being pushed to fall. Tickets to the original shows will be honored for the rescheduled dates. The concerts feature full performances of the band's classic 1976 album as well as other popular songs from throughput their career. An orchestra and choir will accompany Eagles during the performances, which debuted in 2019 in Las Vegas before stretching into a full tour..
Lindsey Buckingham’s return to touring will have to wait. The former Fleetwood Mac guitarist had been scheduled to start a 12-date trek in April, but will postpone performances in lieu of the continuing coronavirus outbreak. “It is with great sadness that we are having to postpone my tour dates in April and May due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the rocker tweeted. “We are in the process of rescheduling the dates. Please contact your venue for further information. Full rescheduled dates will be announced as soon as possible.” The concerts were to be Buckingham’s return to the stage, following heart surgery and vocal cord damage suffered in 2019.
Metallica postponed their shows in South America. Additionally, three of the five festivals they were scheduled to perform at this year have been canceled. "Greetings ... not from our usual HQ haunts, but this time from our living rooms, bedrooms and basements," the band said. "As many of you know, in our nearly 40 years of touring, we’ve had a few mishaps along the way - broken bones, trashed appendixes, a pyro mishap, backs thrown out, crazy weather, food poisoning (beware of the oysters!) and even one way-next-level anxiety attack! None of it has ever stopped us, but this is obviously a very different time and leaving the house now literally means taking your life in your hands. Unfortunately, in these surreal times that means we have to stay away from each other for the foreseeable future before we can start thinking about ‘Tallica family reunions around the world." The South American dates are being rescheduled for December; refunds are available for the canceled festivals.
Tesla's run of North American shows - scheduled from April 10 through May 1 - have been rescheduled for fall. “Due to the current concerns regarding COVID-19, the health and safety of our fans, local venue staffs, as well as the health and safety of our band and crew, is of utmost priority," the band said in a statement. They added that tickets would be honored for the new dates, which would be announced “very soon."
Tool have pushed back some of their upcoming tour dates. Shows scheduled from April 16 to May 5 are being postponed for now and will later be rescheduled. Dates expected to start on May 29 and run for a month are still set to go on, but that could change. In a Facebook post, the band wrote that it wishes "everyone well during this difficult period and hope to see everyone again very soon."
The band postponed its residency that was to take place at the Venetian Theatre inside the Venetian, Las Vegas, and scheduled for March 20-28. The run "has been rescheduled out of an abundance of caution," the group noted in a statement. "We will make a return engagement at the Venetian with specific dates to be announced soon. Thank you for understanding and look forward to seeing you all in Vegas soon!"
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival was scheduled to take place over two weekends between April 23 and May 3, with the Who, Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighters, Dead & Company and the Black Crowes among the headliners. It will be rescheduled to an as-yet unknown date in the fall. "The health and safety of the community, our musicians, Festival fans, participants, sponsors, and staff are paramount, and we urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials,” the organizers said in a statement.
For the second year in a row, the Rolling Stones have had to delay a North American tour. In 2019, shows were postponed due to Mick Jagger's heart surgery. Now, another leg of their No Filter tour was called off due to the coronavirus. “We're hugely disappointed to have to postpone the tour," the band said. "We are sorry to all the fans who were looking forward to it as much as we were, but the health and safety of everyone has to take priority. We will all get through this together - and we'll see you all very soon."
Foo Fighters postponed the April dates on their Van Tour 2020, with three dates already rescheduled for December. "Remember me? The guy who wouldn’t even postpone a show when my goddamn leg was falling off?" frontman Dave Grohl said. "Well, playing a gig with a sock full of broken bones is one thing, but playing a show when your health and safety is in jeopardy is another."
On March 16, Elton John postponed the upcoming North American leg of his Goodbye Yellow Brick Road farewell tour, which was scheduled to start March 26 in Indianapolis, Ind. and wrap up May 2 in Detroit, Mich. The next leg of his tour is still currently set to begin on May 22 in Columbia, S.C.
David Lee Roth
Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth has postponed the final six shows of his Las Vegas residency due to the coronavirus pandemic. In a tweet announcing the postponement, the singer kept things light-hearted. "Somebody get me a Doctor, just kidding.. Take your Whiskey home, not kidding.." Roth joked, quoting two of Van Halen's classic tracks. The singer had previously postponed a handful of performances alongside Kiss, part of the latter's End of the Road tour.
Former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach postponed the second leg of his tour honoring the 30th anniversary of his old band's debut album, which was scheduled to run between March 25 and May 11. "We were really looking forward to rocking out with you all this spring," he wrote, "but multiple cities along the tour have forced public gathering cancelations, which is beyond our control. It is also very important that our families, my band and crew and my extended family aka all of you rock fans stay safe and healthy. In the meantime, I am going to continue to work on new music!"
Black Label Society
Zakk Wylde and his band, Black Label Society, were in the midst of his North American Crusade until the virus forced the remaining 12 dates to be postponed. 'Rescheduled dates will be announced next week so please hold on to your tickets," his statement said. "Thanks to everyone that came out to the shows and everyone please stay safe and healthy. We will see you all very soon!"
On March 13, Foreigner announced that they were postponing all shows for the remainder of the month. In a message posted online, Mick Jones, the band’s founder and leader, addressed their fans: “We are so disappointed that we can’t be with you in March, but the safety and wellbeing of our fans and team is our highest priority. We look forward to seeing you all when these shows are rescheduled. Take care of yourselves in this difficult time.”
In light of the coronavirus outbreak, Alice Cooper postponed his spring 2020 North American tour. The trek, which had been scheduled to run from March 31 through April 22, will instead take place in the fall. The shock-rocker promised the new itinerary would be announced as soon as possible, with details on refunds forthcoming through his official website. “Let's get through this together and resume rocking later in the year,” Cooper affirmed in a message posted online.
Kansas has postponed all of their March tour dates in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The band had been scheduled to play six shows throughout the western U.S. in the coming weeks. “The entire Kansas organization is disappointed by this development, however the band is following the policies and recommendations of local officials,” noted a statement from the group. “The safety of our fans, venue employees, and the public is paramount.” The band's new album, The Absence of Presence, remains slated for a June release.
Styx, who had been preparing to launch their 2020 tour this month, will instead postpone all their concerts originally scheduled for March. In a message posted to social media, the band thanked fans for their “continued support” and promised the affected dates will be rescheduled.
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.
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. In addition, the Lollapalooza festivals in Argentina and Chile, where were to be headlined by GnR, have been postponed until later in the year. The Argentina edition was to take place on Mar. 27-29 in San Isidro, while the Chile event was scheduled for Apr. 3-5 in Sao Paulo. Both nations have introduced travel limitations in an attempt to control the viral spread.
Rage Against the Machine
The first full-reunion Rage Against the Machine shows since 2011, set to take placed from Mar. 26 to May 20, have been postponed. New dates will be announced soon, with the first performance of the tour now set to take place on May 23 at the Boston Calling festival. RATM said that “the safety and health of those who come to our shows is of the utmost importance to us.”
ZZ Top postponed their Las Vegas residency which was set to take place from Mar. 20 to 28, citing “an abundance of caution” and adding: “We will make a return engagement at The Venetian with specific dates to be announced soon. Thank you for understanding and look forward to seeing you all in Vegas soon!"