Group will reschedule events when it’s safe to travel
The coronavirus has forced Sons of Apollo to cancel their upcoming tour of Europe, Russia and Ukraine. The group made the announcement Wednesday (March 4th), citing health concerns and travel restrictions and limitations during the global epidemic.
“The Corona Virus epidemic has 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,” the band shares.
“Obviously these European wide emergency precautions have been taken to protect the safety and health of all fans in attendance and artists and crew alike. We do agree that this is a time where health comes first and we will not endanger band & crew, nor fans.
“Furthermore, on top of the potential health implications and obstacles, the economical impact and potential financial risk for a tour from overseas like ours has forced us, to take action to limit the possibility of devastating financial losses in such a force majeure situation.
“Nobody is more disappointed then we are in this moment…
“We are really looking forward to playing each and every show once the situation has cleared, as the momentum and excitement we experienced at our 2 sold out opening nights in Germany and our shows in Norway and Sweden have been by far the best the band has ever experienced!
“We will ABSOLUTELY be rescheduling these dates as soon as it is safely possible to return. Details of honoring existing tickets and refunds will be announced locally. Procedures for existing VIP package holders will be announced on SOA website and our social media
“Thank you for you understanding and we see you as soon as we possibly can!”
The group kicked off the European tour with two sold out shows in Germany on over the weekend before trekking onto Norway on Monday and Sweden Tuesday night.
The group is touring in support of its latest album MMXX, released on January 17th. The group released the video for “Asphyxiation” on February 24th.
Sons of Apollo is former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force).