As concern grows over the worldwide spread of COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus, the entertainment and sports industries are taking proactive measures to keep themselves and their audiences safe from the flu-like virus, which can be fatal in the most extreme cases.
Elton John is postponing the remainder of his upcoming North American 2020 dates on his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour from May 22 through July 8. New show date information for 2021 will be announced soon, and all original tickets will be honored at the rescheduled performances.
“Elton promises to continue performing live for all his dedicated fans around the world again and thanks you for your endless support,” reads a statement regarding the postponements.
On top of this, the Dixie Chicks announced that they would be postponing the release of their highly anticipated album, Gaslighter, which was supposed to come out on May 1. This will be their first new album in over a decade.
Infectious disease researcher Dr. Ravina Kullar spoke with ET in early March about the threat of the virus, saying at the time that she was supportive of organizations canceling public events like festivals and conventions, especially in areas with higher concentrations of confirmed coronavirus cases. “I think that’s a good idea. Until we get a handle and grasp on this virus, I think we need to take precautionary measures.”
Here’s a look at some more major cancellations around the world by category. Check back regularly for new updates.
– Adam Lambert and Queen, Rhapsody– The band and American Idol alum “regretfully announced” in statement that their upcoming 27-date United Kingdom and European Rhapsody tour was “being postponed due to the on-going global coronavirus outbreak.” The tour was to begin in Italy on May 24 and conclude with two Madrid shows on July 7 and 8.
“The good news for fans is that the band has worked swiftly to reschedule the dates and are now able to confirm that the shows are now set for matching or similar dates in 2021,” read the statement. “All tickets will be valid for the rescheduled show dates. Ticket holders are advised to contact their point of purchase for information on ticket exchanges for the 2021 dates.”
– Alicia Keys, More Myself tour – The singer announced on March 20 that her tour and self-album would be postponed. “Everyone’s health and safety is the #1 priority! Thank u for ur deep love, I’ll let u know about new dates soon. Stay powerful! I adore u,” Keys said in a tweet.
– Avril Lavigne, Head Above Water tour – The singer has canceled dates in Italy, France, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Philippines. “My bad, crew and I have been working so hard to bring this tour worldwide and are completely bummed out. Please everybody take care of yourselves and stay healthy,” she told fans on Twitter. “You’re in my thoughts and prayers and we are hoping to announce rescheduled shows soon.”
– Billie Eilish, Where Do We Go? tour – Just three days after kicking off her Where Do We Go? tour in Miami, the “Everything I Wanted” singer announced that all of her North American tour dates have been postponed until further notice, with details on those dates coming soon. All tickets will be honored for the new dates.
“I’m so sad to do this but we need to postpone these dates to keep everyone safe,” Eilish said in a press release. “We’ll let you know when they can be rescheduled. Please keep yourselves healthy. I love you.”
– Blake Shelton, Friends and Heroes – The country crooner is rescheduling his tour dates from March 12 to March 21. He was to be performing in Omaha, Nebraska, on March 12.
“Omaha, I’m here in your city with my friends and heroes and am ready to play a show for you, but for all the right reasons – chiefly everyone’s safety and well-being – we have to reschedule tonight and the rest of the tour,” said Shelton. “Please take care of yourself and your loved ones. You can bet we’ll see you back here soon!”
– Bon Iver – The singer/songwriter tweeted to fans: “It is with great care and empathy to all involved that we announce the rescheduling of the below tour dates in Europe and the UK to January 2021.”
– Bon Jovi – On April 20, the rocker announced that he was canceling his entire 2020 tour. “Due to the ongoing global pandemic, it is no longer feasible for Bon Jovi to tour this summer. Given these difficult times, we have made the decision to cancel the tour entirely. This will enable ticket holders to get refunds to help pay their bills or buy groceries,” read the statement. “These are trying times. You’ve always been there for us and we’ll always be there for you. We look forward to seeing everyone again on tour when we can all safely be together. We will continue to send out news and updates on Bon Jovi touring in the weeks and months to come.”