Kelly Clarkson delays Las Vegas residency

Residency will kick off in July

Kelly Clarkson has delayed the start of her Las Vegas residency due to the coronavirus outbreak. Kelly Clarkson: Invincible was set to open on Wednesday, April 1st at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, but has now been pushed back to July. Production of her talk show, The Kelly Clarkson Show, also shut down on Thursday (March 12th). The pop and sometimes country superstar shared the news on Friday (March 13th).

“As you may know, production on the Kelly Clarkson Show was temporarily shut down late last night, and out of concern and care for everyone’s safety, we have chosen to postpone the April 1st opening of my Las Vegas residency, Invincible, until July,” she writes. “Details regarding ticket replacement are forthcoming and I can’t wait to see you this summer. For now, please keep your loved ones close, safe and healthy.”

As of this writing, Clarkson is the only Vegas residency to have been affected by the coronavirus.

Designed exclusively for the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Kelly and her longtime band will immerse fans in a one-of-a-kind up-close music experience that rocks through her nearly two-decade long catalog of award-winning smash hits. Clarkson will also offer VIP Experiences that bundle premium tickets with exclusive show perks like a stage-side bar.

The Kelly Clarkson Show, the No. 1 new daytime show, has been renewed through the 2020-21 season by NBCUniversal. The hour long syndicated daytime show, produced and distributed by NBCUniversal Television Distribution, airs in 100% of the country on more than 200 stations. The show brought bigger ratings than any other newcomer in daytime and had the strongest start to any new first-run strip in seven years with an average of 1.9 million viewers per episode when it premiered in fall 2019. The show is in fourth place among syndicated daytime talk shows that have been on the air for decades.

The news follows the majority of the entertainment industry suspending entertainment productions through at least March 31st. Live Nation, the world’s largest concert promoter, has suspended all domestic and international touring through at least the end of March. Billboard reports that the company has instructed tours to return home in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak worldwide. The company will re-evaluate the outbreak in hopes to resume touring in May or June.

A slew of artists and festivals were either canceled or postponed due to the worldwide pandemic in the past week. Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Chris Stapleton, The Who, Pearl Jam, Dan + Shay, Sammy Hagar, Santana, Sons of Apollo, Zac Brown Band, Slipknot and others, have canceled or postponed spring shows due to the outbreak.

Major festivals and events have also been canceled including the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo to shutting down 11 days early because of public health concerns, SXSW in Austin and the Ultra Festival in Miami. Promoters Goldenvoice Entertainment announced earlier this week that Coachella and Stagecoach have been pushed back six months to October 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival in Nashville has also been rescheduled “in light of the tornado this week as well as growing health concerns over the coronavirus.”

The C2C: Country to Country Festival in London, Dublin and Glasgow and the iHeartCountry Festival slated for May 2nd in Austin, TX have also been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The 35th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony set for May 2nd has also been indefinitely postponed. No new date has been set as of this writing.

The Country Music Hall of Fame has postponed all programming events for the next two weeks, including Hatch Show Print Block parties.

The ACM (Academy of Country Music) Awards are still slated to be held in Las Vegas in April, but organizers are monitoring the situation closely. CMA Music Fest organizers are also closely watching the outbreak as they prep for the June event in Nashville.

Earlier this week, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus a worldwide pandemic. More than 125,000 cases have been reported in 110 countries with nearly 5000 deaths. However, nearly 70k people have contracted and survived the virus that was discovered last year.

On Wednesday (March 11th), U.S. President Donald Trump declared a 30 day travel ban to European countries, except the U.K., for foreign nationals that goes into effect at midnight on Friday, March 13th. He shares, “I am confident by counting and continuing to take these measures we will significantly reduce the threat to our citizens and we will ultimately and expeditiously defeat this virus,” per Fox News.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.