The coronavirus pandemic has affected the music world in a big way. We have been keeping steady track of all the cancelations in the time since the virus has begun to spread in the last few weeks. It started with Asian tour cancelations, then European cancelations and now we're seeing shows in the States starting to feel the effects. It looks like all major US concerts are on the verge of being canceled for the month.
A new report just posted by Billboard says that Live Nation, the world's biggest concert promoter, is instructing touring acts to prepare to go home.
Earlier Thursday (March 12) the company told employees it is hitting the pause button on current touring arena shows through the end of the month. A few shows will play out Thursday and Friday, but the remainder of the shows starting this weekend will be postponed.
Live Nation is also instructing its employees to work remotely and not come into the office. The company's Beverly Hills headquarters will be mostly closed until the end of March.
The report notes that March is typically a slow month for touring and that the situation would be evaluated at the beginning of next month with the goal of resuming touring in May or June. No layoffs are planned for the company.
Tours immediately affected include big shows from KISS (who have already delayed), Tool, The Decibel Magazine tour and many more.
We will keep you posted when things get official.
To keep up with all the cancelations in light of the coronavirus outbreak, we are keeping a running list to keep you informed that we will update as more news becomes available. Follow that list here.