Alter Bridge (opens in new tab) have become the latest artist to cancel their 2020 touring plans, with the band calling off their entire European tour.
The shows had been due to get under way this month and continue through July, but Alter Bridge have decided to cancel rather than postpone the shows to allow fans to get full refunds.
They say: “As the world continues to develop in the response to the changes of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become clear that no one can provide definitive answers as for how musicians, promoters, local crew, staff and fans can come together in a way that protects everyone and takes in to account the challenges of a world tour.
“We have tried to hold out as long as we could, but it is becoming increasingly apparent that our ability to tour Europe this summer in a way our fans have come to expect is no longer an option. We have tried exploring every possibility, but with the different rules and capacities globally we have learned there is no adequate way to move forward.
“As we have seen the effect of all of these changes on the world, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the entire European tour. We didn’t want to postpone and wait for an appropriate opportunity to return when so many people have had their lives impacted. We felt at least by cancelling, all the tickets that were sold would be refunded and your money returned to you as opposed to holding it until we could hit the road again.
“We have always appreciated the undying support of the fans around the globe and we felt this was the right decision to return that support you always give us.”
Alter Bridge add: “Until we can gather together in a live concert setting, take care of yourselves and each other. We are in unprecedented times and our world is changing. It is on all of us to make it better for everyone so we can get together and celebrate our common love of music in the near future.”
Alter Bridge had lined up the tour in support of their 2019 album Walk The Sky (opens in new tab).
Alter Bridge: Walk The Sky (opens in new tab)
Alter Bridge released their new studio album Walk The Sky in October 2019. It'll features the singles Wouldn't You Rather, Pay No Mind, Take The Crown, In The Deep and Godspeed.
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