Tours are hoping to restart in May or June
Live Nation is reportedly hitting the pause button for all of their tours through the end of March. Billboard reports that the company is instructing tours to return home in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak worldwide. The announcement affects all domestic and international Live Nation promoted tours.
The company told employees of the plans on a call on Thursday (March 12th). A few shows will still go on Thursday and Friday (March 13th), but will be postponed after that.
The company is also instructing employees to work remotely as they’re mostly closing their Beverly Hills headquarters until the end of the month.
A company executive told employees by phone that March is usually a slow touring month, but execs will re-evaluate the situation at the beginning of April. The company is hoping to resume all tours in May or June.
No layoffs are expected during the closure.
The announcement comes after a slew of artists and festivals were either canceled or postponed due to the worldwide pandemic. Many acts, including Kenny Chesney, Chris Stapleton, The Who, Pearl Jam, Dan + Shay, Sammy Hagar, Santana, Sons of Apollo, Zac Brown Band, Slipknot and others, had canceled or postponed spring shows due to the outbreak before Live Nation’s announcement.
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 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 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.