Bands Postpone Tour Dates As Coronavirus Spreads

Jacob Flowers

In light of the worsening coronavirus pandemic, a myriad of bands postponed tour dates and canceled music festival appearances.

COVID-19, otherwise known as coronavirus, is a relatively new virus originally discovered in Wuhan, China on December 30th, 2019. After arousing attention from a multitude of news media outlets internationally, the virus quickly spread to several continents and was declared a pandemic by the WHO on March 11th.

As a result of coronavirus’s classification as a pandemic and list of common, innocuous symptoms, many artists and venues have chosen to postpone or outright cancel their events. Among these events is Indio’s Coachella Music Festival which, to the dismay of music enthusiasts and concert-goers, was postponed on March 11th until early October.

“At the direction of the County of Riverside and local health authorities, we must sadly confirm the rescheduling of Coachella and Stagecoach due to COVID-19 concerns,” Coachella announced in an official statement, “While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our guests, staff and community very seriously. We urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials.”

On the same day, Guns N’ Roses announced their postponement of international tour dates in March. This announcement followed a comical reimagination of their Appetite for Destruction album titled “Appetite for Vaccination”.  

“GNR fam, the Costa Rica show has been postponed due to direction from the government,” the official Guns N’ Roses Instagram stated. “It will be rescheduled for later in the year so hold on to your tickets.”

A week later, Guns N’ Roses released their new Latin America tour dates from mid-November to early December.

Billie Joe Armstrong, frontman of Green Day, posted about the cancellation of his band’s entire Asian tour due to concerns with coronavirus on February 28th.

“We know it sucks, as we were looking forward to seeing you all, but hold on to your tickets we’ll be announcing the new dates very soon,” Armstrong said.

The Glastonbury Festival, a renowned music festival taking place in England, announced the cancellation of its annual showcase of contemporary artists in a post on Facebook.

“We very much hope that the situation in the UK will have improved enormously by the end of June,” Glastonbury founders Michael and Emily Eavis wrote in their cancelation statement. “But even if it has, we are no longer able to spend the next three months with thousands of crew here on the farm, helping us with the enormous job of building the infrastructure and attractions needed to welcome more than 200,000 people to a temporary city in these fields.”

Kendrick Lamar, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, and Diana Ross were among the many artists scheduled to play at the festival. In spite of its cancelation, Glastonbury Festival is giving those who already purchased tickets an “opportunity to buy a ticket for Glastonbury 2021.”

“Again, we’re so sorry that this decision has been made. It was not through choice,” Eavis said.

On top of the aforementioned bands and events, eminent artists such as Ozzy Osbourne, Avril Lavigne, Pearl Jam, Yungblud have either canceled or postponed tour dates across the globe. As the situation progresses, more cancelations and postponements can be expected to occur from any and all touring artists.