Coronavirus Rocks Rock: The Who, KISS, and More Postpone Shows

Artists everywhere change their plans as concern grows
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One by one, the concert calendar is emptying out for the next few weeks, as coronavirus concerns continue to upend the concert industry. Over the course of the last 72 hours, major events and tours for the next two months have been cancelled or postponed around the country and beyond, with artists choosing the safety of fans over everything else.

Pearl Jam was one of the first to postpone their tour, making the announcement on Monday night. “Here in Seattle what we are witnessing we would not wish for anyone. What we do wish for the rest of the country is that they can avoid the harsh negative effects of this and retain their sense of community and take care of one another,” they explained in a statement. “Just as we look forward to our next concerts and the ability to gather together and play loud songs as energized as ever.”

In the days since, cancellations and postponements have trickled in, with Live Nation and AEG breaking the floodgate on Thursday by calling for the suspension of all tours through the end of the month. Coupled with bans on public gatherings over a certain amount of people in various spots across the country, most shows have been put on hold.

Among the bands that have made official announcements are Rage Against The Machine, who have been forced to delay their reunion tour. The Who, KISS, and Alice Cooper have also postponed dates for later in the year. Billie Eilish has postponed her arena tour after only a few shows.

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has postponed his North American tour, as has Wilco, The Strokes, Third Eye Blind, Lamb of God, Tool, and many more.

For many large venues and artists, the month of March has been cancelled, with several other postponements and changes stretching into April. Some smaller venues around the country are remaining open for shows, taking extra measures during this time.

Check with your local venue, as things develop.

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