Dates will be rescheduled
After serious consideration, The Who have postponed their UK and Ireland tour, which was due to start Monday, March 16th in Manchester, UK. The fans’ safety is paramount and given the developing coronavirus situation, the band felt that they had no option but to postpone the shows.
The dates will be rescheduled for later in the year. All tickets will be honored.
Singer Roger Daltrey assures fans that the shows will “definitely happen and it may be the last time we do a tour of this type, so keep those tickets, as the shows will be fantastic.”
Pete Townshend said the band, ”haven’t reached this decision easily, but given the concerns about public gatherings, we couldn’t go ahead.” He added that “if one fan caught coronavirus at a Who concert it would be one too many.”
Unfortunately, The Who will also be unable to appear at the Royal Albert Hall on March 28th as part of the annual Teenage Cancer Trust shows, but intend to reschedule that show also, with more news to follow.
The group is among many artists who have canceled or postponed shows due to the coronavirus pandemic, including Pearl Jam, Dan + Shay, Sammy Hagar, Santana, Sons of Apollo, Zac Brown Band, Slipknot and others.
Major festivals and events have forced to be 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 Who postponed shows are:
March 16 – Manchester Arena
March 18 – Dublin 3 Arena
March 21 – Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
March 23 – Glasgow SSE Hydro Arena
March 25 – Leeds First Direct Arena
March 28 – London Royal Albert Hall (Teenage Cancer Trust show)
March 30 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
April 1 – Birmingham Resorts World Arena
April 3 – Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
April 6 – Liverpool M&S Bank Arena
April 8 – London SSE Wembley Arena