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Coronavirus: tour and festival updates

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April 7: Rocklahoma 2020 is off
Bands including Slipknot, Five Finger Death Punch, Halestorm and Alter Bridge had been due to play Rocklahoma next month. However, organisers have issued a statement to say that the 2020 event will no longer take place: “This is tough. For 13 straight years Rocklahoma has been America’s biggest Memorial Day party. Not being able to bring it to you for year 14 breaks our hearts, but it is the right thing to do.

April 7: Iron Maiden postpone Japanese shows
Iron Maiden were due to play three shows in Japan next month, but because Japanese promoter Creativeman Productions have cancelled all live shows until May 31, Maiden’s performances are off. Iron Maiden had been scheduled to play Tokyo on May 19 and 20 and Osaka on May 22.


April 3: Roadburn festival all set for 2021
This year’s Roadburn festival was previously cancelled, but organisers have now revealed the 2021 dates. It’ll take place on April 15-18 next year, with tickets previously purchased for the 2020 edition valid for next next year. Roadburn say: “You do not need to do anything at this time, just hold on to those tickets and show up next April. Our aim is to preserve as much of the line up as possible – we will be talking to bands over the coming weeks to re-confirm bookings, but things are looking positive on that front.”


April 2: Midsummer Prog reschedules for 2021 Dutch prog festival Midsummer Prog has rescheduled this year's event for 2021. Originally planned for June this year featuring Leprous, Antimatter, Casey McPherson, Klone and Mystery, the festival has announced it will reschedule for June 26 2021. In a statement, the organisers say:  We have bad news to share with you. Due to the Coronavirus situation, we have been forced to postpone the 4th edition of Midsummer Prog Festival to June 26th, 2021.

"We spoke with all the bands about trying to get 2020's lineup also in 2021. It seems very likely that we can keep the same lineup but we will know this for sure in a couple of months and we will keep you posted. Of course, we will hold the festival in the same beautiful setting - The OpenluchtTheater Valkenburg, The Netherlands!

"Tickets purchased will stay valid for the 2021 event, so please hang on to them, but if you want a refund; our ticketing service (Eventix) will send you a separate email with a refund button."

April 2: Bonzo's Farewell gig postponed until December The final show from the Bonzo Doh Doo-Dah scheduled for May 29 at Shepherd's Bush Empire has been rescheduled for December 18. Existing tickets will still be valid. The band have recently been engaged in a court battle over the right to their name.

April 1: Incineration festival announce Emperor for 2021 After the cancellation of Incineration Festival announced earlier this week (see below), the festival have upped the stakes for next year's edition. Hoping to see a return of majority of this year's line-up, the organisers announced 2021's headliners will be upgrading to the prestigious Roundhouse (previously the Camden black metal festival's largest venue was Electric Ballroom and traditionally housed the all-dayer's headliners) following with a big reveal this morning: Emperor will be heading up 2021.


March 31: Lucifer postpone tour
Occult rockers Lucifer announce their EU Tour dates, scheduled for May this year will be postponed until May 2021. On a happier note, the band will be touring Europe in November.
The band released a statement: “Lucifer's Friends! Due to the current virus crisis we are postponing our European May tour for February 2021 (dates to be announced shortly). Please hold on to your tickets as they remain valid. The London show however will already take place during our additional European November tour that we are happy to announce here today. Stay safe, people!"

Nov 07: Hard Rock Hell, UK
Nov 08: London, Underworld, UK
Nov 10: Pratteln, Z7, CH
Nov 11: Stuttgart, Universum, DE
Nov 12: Munich, Backstage Halle, DE
Nov 13: Vienna, Arena, AT
Nov 14: Budapest, Instant, HU
Nov 15: Graz, Explosiv, AT
Nov 17: Frankfurt, Das Bett, DE
Nov 18: Bielefeld, Movie, DE
Nov 19: Bremen, Tower, DE
Nov 20: Kiel, Räucherei, DE
Nov 21: Kolding, Godset, DK
Nov 22: Oslo, John Dee, NO

March 31: Van der Graaf Generator reschedule UK and European tour
After they were forced to pause their touring plans earlier this month, Van der Graaf Generator have now announced the rescheduled dates for the UK and mainland Europe:

Sep 01: Paris Le Trianon de Paris, France
Sep 02: Nurnberg Hirsch, Germany
Sep 04: Rome Auditorium Sala Sinopoli, Italy
Sep 05: Veruno Festival, Italy - New show
Sep 06: Genova Politeama Genovese, Italy
Sep 08: Amsterdam Paradiso, Netherlands
Sep 09: Hamburg Fabrik, Germany
Sep 11: Krakow Klub Studio, Poland
Sep 12: Warsaw Palladium, Poland
Sep 13: Prague Archa Theatre, Czech Republic
Sep 14: Dresden Tante Ju, Germany
Sep 15: Berlin Columbia Theatre, Germany
Sep 17: Cologne Kantine, Germany
Sep 18: Frankfurt Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm, Germany
Sep 19: Reutlingen  Franz.K, Germany
Oct 08: Bologna Teatro della Celebrazioni, Italy
Oct 09: Padova Gran Teatro Geox, Italy
Oct 10: Brescia Gran Theatro Morato, Italy - New show
Oct 11: Milan Auditorium di Milano, Italy
Nov  06: Helsinki Savoy, Savoy
Nov 07: Helsinki Savoy, Savoy
Nov 16: Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Nov 17: Bath Forum     
Nov 19: London The Palladium
Nov 20: Birmingham Town Hall
Nov 21: Edinburgh Queen's Hall


March 27: Incineration Fest is off
Incineration Fest was scheduled to take place in Camden, London, on May 8 – but it’s the latest live event to be cancelled amid the coronavirus chaos. Refunds are available, although if you have a ticket, you can keep hold of it for entry into next year’s festival.

March 27: Desertfest London cancelled
Desertfest London was due to take place on May 1-3 at various venues around Camden. However it has now been cancelled. Bosses say: “This was not an easy decision and there has been much to work through behind the scenes which required ironing out before we could make this announcement. We want to let you know that we tried our best to bring you an event in some capacity, but sadly no scenario would bring the outcome we all want; the incredible atmosphere of Desertfest. With so many different venues, plus a lot of shared acts with our Berlin team, rescheduling to a later date in 2020 has also shown to be impossible. We feel the safest and most logical option is to take this year out and re-build for our 10-year anniversary next May.”

March 27: UK’s Call Of The Wild festival moved to September
The Call Of The Wild festival was due to take place on May 29-31 with Michael Monroe set to headline the event. However, the festival has now been moved to September 18-20 and, as a result, Monroe will no longer appear. Organisers are now in the process of securing a new headliner. Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons will now play on the Friday while Massive Wagons will hit the stage on the Sunday.

March 27: Biffy Clyro push back album release date
Biffy Clyro announce their album will be pushed back to August 14 via a statement on their social media channels. "After careful consideration over the past few weeks, we’ve made the difficult decision to move the release of A Celebration Of Endings back to August 14," they say. "With all of the turmoil and anxiety that the Coronavirus situation is causing in everyone’s lives, we decided that it would have felt wrong to have continued with our original release plan. Music is of course important, but there are bigger issues at stake right now."

March 27:
Motionless In White postpone Black And Blue tour Motionless In White have confirmed their US tour with Knocked Loose and Stick To Your Guns has been postponed. Purchased tickets will be valid for the rescheduled dates which will be announced in due course. The band add: “As for the fans asking about our European and Australian tours in June and July, we unfortunately also found out that Download has been cancelled. We are now awaiting more information on the rest of the festivals and shows. If we can be there, we’ll be there. We will let you know as soon as we know in the coming weeks.”

March 27: Eagles reschedule US tour dates
Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, Deacon Frey and Vince Gill have been forced to postpone the remaining dates on their Hotel California US tour. Eagles pushed back the shows in Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco, and St. Paul  to later in the year. Tickets for the re-scheduled shows will be honoured for the new dates:

Sep 18: Denver Pepsi Center, CO
Sep 19: Denver Pepsi Center, CO
Sep  25: Los Angeles The Forum, CA
Sep  26: Los Angeles The Forum, CA
Sep 29: Los Angeles The Forum, CA
Oct 02: San Francisco Chase Center, CA
Oct 03: San Francisco Chase Center, CA
Oct 16: St Paul Xcel Energy Center, MN
Oct 17: St Paul Xcel Energy Center, MN
Oct 21: Dallas American Airlines Center, TX
Oct 24: Phoenix Talking Stick Resort Arena, AZ
Oct 25: Phoenix Talking Stick Resort Arena, AZ

March 26: Isle Of Wight festival cancelled
This year's Isle Of Wight festival is off. The news was confirmed by organisers in a statement, who report that it was "unavoidable given the current status" around the world. Artists including You Me At Six, Seasick Steve, Primal Scream and Razorlight were booked to play at the festival on June 11-14.

March 26: Download 2020 cancelled
The UK's Download festival was set to take place on June 12-14 with Iron Maiden, Kiss and System Of A Down lined up as headliners. However, the festival has been cancelled, with organisers saying: “This decision hasn’t been taken lightly and we’re beyond disappointed. We extend our heartfelt apologies to all of you – we really did try to make this work."


March 25: Lindsey Buckingham postpones tour
Lindsey Buckingham was set to head out on tour from next month, but like many other artists, the former Fleetwood Mac star has had to revise his plans. He says: "It is with great sadness that we are having to postpone my tour dates in April and May due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are in the process of rescheduling the dates. Please contact your venue for further information. Full rescheduled dates will be announced as soon as possible."

March 25: Hatebreed cancel May tour
Hatebreed have pulled the plug on their planned tour with After The Burial, which was due to take place throughout May. Hatebreed say in a statement: “As of now it's unclear how many venues will actually be allowed to stay open and in some instances some are already planning to be closed. Beyond the reality that there won’t be enough shows to hold together a tour, we are most concerned about everyone’s health and safety. Cancelling is the responsible thing to do in the interest of everyone staying well so we can all look ahead to having shows together in the future.”

March 25: Monuments, Skyharbor and Vespera postpone touring plans
Monuments were due to hit the road across the US from next month with Skyharbor and Vespera. But due to the current crisis, they’ve been forced to postpone those plans. Monuments say: “Given the pandemic and its circumstances, we just can't make this tour happen from either a logistical or safety perspective. We will update everyone with new dates in the coming months, once it is apparent that it is safe to gather again.”


March 24: Roadburn 2020 postponed
This year's Roadburn was due to take place in Tilburg, the Netherlands, on April 16-19, but with the Dutch government closing down all events in the country until June, this year's festival has been postponed. A statement from organisers reads: "The current situation is having an enormous impact already – on the venues we rely on, the bands that we love and the events that we have planned for. Until we come out the other side of this, it will be impossible to do a full assessment of the damage caused to the live music industry. We ask for just a little bit more patience from you while we continue to work to bring you the most clear, concise and useful information relating to the postponement of Roadburn 2020. We know you have a lot of questions and we will do our best to answer in the coming days."

March 24: US summer festivals cancelled
The Epicenter Festival (May 1-3) along with Welcome To Rockville (May 8-10) and Sonic Temple (May 15-17) have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. But, in better news, Louder Than Life have added an extra date, and it'll now take place on September 17-20, with Metallica set to headline the Thursday night.


March 20: Creeper postpone headline shows
Creeper have postponed their April headline dates until August. Announced via a statement on social media, they say: “Due to the escalating Coronavirus Pandemic we have rescheduled the tour for August. As you know our primary concern has and will always be the safety of our community. All tickets for April will be valid for the new dates. If you’re unable to attend you’ll be able to get a refund at your point of purchase. Be safe, look after each other and we’ll see you in August."

March 20: The Hu postpone March, April and May shows
In February The Hu kicked-off a seven-month world tour, but have now been forced to rein in their plans. "These cancellations were put in place to protect us and all of you, our beloved fans," say the band. "Even though this is a temporary set back all of us must endure, we as The “HU”mans will persevere through integrity, unity and compassion."

March 20: Uriah Heep call off tour of Russia
"The band are devastated that our shows have finally succumbed to the Coronavirus! We are having to adhere to all of the Government guidelines in every territory, and therefore we have no choice but to postpone our upcoming shows in Russia," say Uriah Heep on Facebook.

March 20A Day To Remember call off UK and European tour
A Day To Remember are the latest artist to postpone their touring plans. The band say: “We hate it had to come to this, but for the safety of everyone involved we feel it's the right move. We are still working on solidifying the rescheduled dates and will share them as soon as possible. All tickets purchased will be honoured for the new dates. For ticket related questions please reach out to your point of purchase. Meanwhile, stay safe.”

March 20: Iron Maiden postpone dates in Australia and New Zealand
Iron Maiden have called off their planned shows in Australia and New Zealand which were due to take place in May. Maiden manager Rod Smallwood says: “We still intend to bring this great Legacy Of The Beast show to you all as soon we can, and I promise we will do everything we can to achieve this with our promoters and subject to what is happening around us globally.”


March 19: Parkway Drive reschedule Viva The Underdogs tour
Parkway Drive have moved swiftly to reschedule their postponed Viva The Underdogs European tour. All original tickets will be honoured for the rescheduled dates. Joining them on the tour will be Hatebreed and Crystal Lake. The new dates are:

Nov 13: Munich Olympiahalle, Germany
Nov 15: Esch-sur-Alzette Rockhal, Luxembourg
Nov 17: Leipzig Arena, Germany
Nov 19: London SSE Arena Wembley, UK
Nov 20: Brussels Forest National, Belgium
Nov 25: Frankfurt Festhalle, Germany
Nov 27: Paris Zenith, France
Nov 29: Vienna Stadthalle, Austria
Dec 01: Zurich Samsung Hall, Switzerland
Dec 03: Hamburg Sporthalle, Germany
Dec 05: Dortmund Westfalenhalle, Germany

March 19: ZZ Top halt Las Vegas residency
ZZ Top have announced that their March 20-28 Las Vegas residency at The Venetian Theatre has been postponed "out of an abundance of caution." The trio say: "We will make a return engagement at The Venetian with specific dates to be announced soon. Thank you for understanding and we look forward to seeing you all in Vegas soon!"


March 18: Big Big Train postpone US tour
Big Big Train have been forced to postpone their long-awaited US tour. The re-arranged dates are expected to take place in 2021. As the band may play different venues in some cases, ticket holders should contact their point of sale for ticket refunds.

March 18: Tool postpone North American spring shows
Tool have been forced to cancel their North American tour which was due to kick off in Miami on April 16 and run through until May 5 in Grand Rapids. A statement reads: “Tool regrets to confirm that the first leg of their upcoming North American tour has been postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. They wish everyone well during this difficult period and hope to see everyone again very soon. Rescheduled dates will be announced as soon as possible. All previously purchased tickets for the above dates will be honoured for the rescheduled performances.”

March 18: Franck Carducci cancels European tour
Franck Carducci and The Fantastic Squad have been forced to cancel their UK and European tour due to France being in full lockdown mode due to coronavirus. Carducci says: “I want to say how sorry I am to all the promoters that trusted me, who invested their time and money and energy to help me put this up. And to all the people who wanted to attend these shows, I'm so sorry to let you all down, I really am. I hope to be allowed to hit the road and spread some love again soon. After all, in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make.”

March 18: Ulver cancel European Tour
Norwegian experimental rockers Ulver have cancelled their forthcoming European dates. "We are sorry to share this with you," say the band. "Though it shouldn't surprise anyone: our upcoming tour is canceled. As for ticket refunds, we simply do not know. We suggest getting in touch with your ticket vendor. All we can say is that we have all intentions of reorganising this tour when things (hopefully) calm down.

March 18: The Who announce rescheduled dates
The Who, who postponed their upcoming tour six days ago, have announced rescheduled dates. Roger Daltrey told fans last week, "Maybe the last time we do a tour of this type, so keep those tickets, as the shows will be fantastic."

Rescheduled dates for 2021
Mar 05: Dublin 3 Arena, Ireland
Mar 08: Liverpool M&S Bank, UK
Mar 10: Glasgow SSE Hydro, UK
Mar 12: Newcastle Utilita Arena, UK
Mar 15: Leeds First Direct Arena, UK
Mar 17: Birmingham Resorts World Arena, UK
Mar 22: London SSE Arena, UK
Mar 24: Nottingham Motorpoint Arena, UK
Mar 27: Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, UK
Mar 29: Manchester Arena, UK

March 18: Therapy? cancel April shows
The band say, "Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation our two shows in the UK in April, Manchester and London, are being postponed to September. More details to follow as soon as we have dates locked in but tickets for the April shows will of course still be valid for the September shows."

March 18: Glastonbury 2020 cancelled
The Glastonbury festival which was due to take place at Worthy Park, Somerset, on June 24-28, has been cancelled. The news was confirmed in a statement from Michael and Emily Eavis, who said it was the “only viable option” in the current climate.

March 18: Monster Magnet move tour plans to 2021
Monster Magnet were due to head out on the Celebration Of Powertrip tour, but they’ve been forced to push the shows back to next year. Find a full list of dates below. Frontman Dave Wyndorf says: “So sorry to postpone the tour but under the circumstances I’m sure everybody can relate. Sweaty, live rock music and pandemics aren’t a good mix. So, we’re gonna reschedule this thing and do it at a time when everyone can rub shoulders without freaking out! Thanks to everyone who bought tickets. Stay well and we’ll see you on the other side!” 

Rescheduled Dates For 2021
Jan 21: Sayreville Starland Ballroom, NJ
Jan 22: Brooklyn Elsewhere, NY
Jan 23: Boston Sinclair, MA
Jan 24: Philadelphia Underground Arts, PA
Jan 26: Pittsburgh Rex Theater, PA
Jan 27: Toronto The Opera House, ON
Jan 29: Flint The Machine Shop, MI
Jan 30: Chicago The Metro, IL
Jan 31: Minneapolis Fine Line, MN
Feb 02: Denver The Oriental Theater, CO
Feb 03: Salt Lake City Metro Bar, UT
Feb 05: Vancouver The Rickshaw, BC
Feb 06: Seattle El Corazon, WA
Feb 07: Portland Hawthorne Theater, OR
Feb 09: San Francisco Great American Music Hall, CA
Feb 10: Los Angeles The Fonda, CA
Feb 11: Las Vegas House Of Blues, NV
Feb 12: San Diego House Of Blues, CA
Feb 15: Dallas Gas Monkey Bar & Grill, TX
Feb 17: Atlanta The Masquerade, GA
Feb 18: Charleston The Music Farm, SC
Feb 19: Baltimore Sound Stage, MD

March 18: Broken Witt Rebels postpone OK Hotel tour
Broken Witt Rebels have been forced to postpone the UK and European dates on their OK Hotel tour which was due to run from later this month and into June. The band say: We have been working hard to be ready to bring you the best possible show, and we were desperate to get out there and see everyone, so this is frustrating, but ultimately the best decision for all of us. All dates are currently being rescheduled so please hold on to your tickets. We will get you the new information as soon as possible.”

March 18: Code Orange shelve plans for US headline tour
Code Orange live-streamed their show at an empty venue in Pittsburgh on Saturday night – but now they report that they’ve had to postpone their entire US headline tour. The band say: “We regret to inform you our upcoming US headline tour has been postponed until all of this chaos shakes out. You can get refunds at point of purchase. We will be back stronger than all.”

March 18: London’s Alexandra Palace closes until further notice
The famous London venue has been forced to close its doors amid the coronavirus pandemic. A statement reads: “Following the government’s latest advice regarding coronavirus, we will be closing Alexandra Palace until further notice. Wishing you all well and hope to see you soon. A list of all affected shows has been posted on the venue’s website.

March 18: Annual Ronnie James Dio event postponed
The annual Ride For Ronnie motorcycle event and concert – which raises money for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund – has been postponed. It was due to take place on May 17 in California, with refunds for those who had already purchased tickets currently being issued. The organisation’s annual Bowl For Ronnie celebrity event is still scheduled to go ahead on November 12 at PINZ Bowling Center in Los Angeles.

March 18: Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets reschedule tour
Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets have moved their upcoming UK and Ireland tour, which was due to start in April, to October. All original tickets remain valid. The new dates can be found below, while the rescheduled shows in London, Southampton and Dublin will be announced in due course. The European leg has also been postponed, with further details to follow.

Oct 01: Bath Forum
Oct 04: York Barbican
Oct 05: Cardiff St David’s Hall
Oct 07: Gateshead’ Sage
Oct 08: Edinburgh Usher Hall
Oct 09: Manchester O2 Apollo
Oct 11: Oxford New Theatre
Oct 12: Leicester De Montfort Hall
Oct 14: Sheffield City Hall
Oct 15: Ipswich Regent
Oct 16: Liverpool Philharmonic
Oct 19: Brighton Dome
Oct 22: Birmingham Symphony Hall
Oct 24: Guildford G Live

March 18: The Rolling Stones postpone No Filter tour
The Rolling Stones were due to head out on the North American leg of their No Filter tour in May. However, the whole tour has now been postponed. The band say: “We’re hugely disappointed to have to postpone the tour. We are sorry to all the fans who were looking forward to it as much as we were, but the health and safety of everyone has to take priority. We will all get through this together – and we’ll see you very soon." Those with tickets are advised to keep hold of them for the rescheduled shows.


March 17: London Music And Film Festival postponed
This year’s London Music And Film Festival has been postponed, with a rescheduled date to be announced in due course. It was set to take place at the city’s Regent Street Cinema between March 27-29. Events including The Pretty Things: The Final Bow, which was also to feature a Phil May and Dick Taylor acoustic set and Q&A session, and the UK premiere of Hendrix And The Spook were due to take place.

March 17: Southbank Centre closes all venues
Earlier today, London’s Royal Albert Hall was forced to close its doors, and now the city’s Southbank Centre venues have followed suit: The Royal Festival Hall, the Saison Poetry Library, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Purcell Room and the Hayward Gallery. A statement reads: “The impact of this decision on those talented people who come from around the world to perform on our stages, as well as our hard-working staff who help to run our magnificent venues – and the many millions of people who come to enjoy what we present each year – is immense. As a charity, we will be working hard to find ways to survive the financial implications that a period of closure will have on our organisation, including the freelance artists and partners we work with. We want to do everything we can to support the wider arts sector as we all deal with this unprecedented situation.

March 17: Steve Harley postpones all near-future concerts
Steve Harley has announced that he’s postponing all near-future shows “due to the high-risk of infection being spread among large crowds in confined spaces.” A statement adds: “We intend to do all we can to reschedule all the dates. Steve is determined to meet his obligations once the time is right. Hold on to that ticket! We only wish the PM had been more explicit and less ambiguous in his statement. Trying times for us all. Let’s hope for brighter days soon.”

March 17: London's Royal Albert Hall closes its doors
London’s Royal Albert Hall has been forced to close amid the coronavirus pandemic. The iconic venue shut its doors at 12noon today and will remain closed until further notice. A statement reads: “We’ve been here for the nation for almost 150 years in good times and bad. We exist to be open, to entertain, to inspire. Our doors are made to be open to the world and so it goes against everything in our nature to close them. But these aren’t normal times and we find ourselves in the unique situation where closing our doors is the best way to look after the world.” The statement says that lost income due to the closure will be “financially devastating” but it adds: “We have committed to pay our people through various closure scenarios, and any support you are able to give us would be enormously appreciated.”

March 17: Saxon postpone March tour - reschedule dates
Saxon were due to head out on the road in the UK later this month, but have pushed the three shows back until later this year. They’ll now play the Glasgow Barrowlands on August 8, the London Event Apollo on September 5 and the Manchester O2 Apollo on September 6. Frontman Biff Byford says: "Please keep your tickets for the new show dates and let's all fight this problem we are faced with together. Stay well and stay safe and see you all in August and September.”

March 17: HRH Prog IX postponed
Organisers of HRH Prog IX have taken the decision to postpone this year’s event. It was due to take place at London’s Shepherd's Bush Empire and Sheffield’s O2 Academy on March 28 and 29. However, it’s been moved “in line with recent government recommendations to avoid social gatherings, as well as the knowledge where we have customers flying in from all over Europe, some from countries which are in complete lockdown." A statement adds: "We feel that all customers, bands and staff safety and wellbeing are our primary concern.” Organisers are currently planning rescheduled dates, and will update fans at the start of April.

March 17: Cattle Decapitation cancel Europandemic Tour
Cattle Decapitation were due to kick off their Europandemic Tour next week, but have called it off due to the coronavirus pandemic. The band say: “It seems Mother Nature is well ahead of us so we regretfully have to pull the plug on this tour. We are looking into rescheduling the same tour for later in the year. Cattle Decapitation along with Disentomb, Internal Bleeding and Gloom hope everyone stays safe and civil and wish to see you at the future makeup dates. This has also left the bands involved with debts and an uncertain immediate future. If you feel like helping, the bands would appreciate a visit to their respective merch stores. Thank you for your support and understanding in this matter.”

March 17: Stiff Little Fingers postpone all UK shows
Last Friday, Stiff Little Fingers cancelled their shows in Glasgow and Troon – now they’ve postponed the remainder of their UK gigs. Jake Burns says: “We weren't sure what to do for the best. We played the first few shows and people seemed to think – in general – that that was the right thing to do. Then things changed. Folks expressed concerns about loved ones. But, we were still getting conflicting messages. So, we decided to wait for what we thought was the best advice. That from the government and the medical community. Sadly, the advice they offered was nothing. They were scared to make a judgement. We are not. If it's unadvisable to be in a crowd of 50 people, it is definitely unadvisable to be in a crowd of 2000 people. Therefore, we are rescheduling all of the remaining shows of this tour for later in the year. All tickets will be valid for the new dates.”

March 17: Clannad postpone UK tour
Clannad’s UK tour started earlier this month, but they’ve decided to move the remainder of the tour to later in 2020. The London Palladium show will now take place on November 10 and the concert at Cardiff’s St David’s Hall is now set for November 12. The band add: “The other rescheduled dates will be announced very soon. Original tickets will be valid for all.”

March 17: Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy look to reschedule Euro tour
Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy were due to kick off their European tour in Italy on April 1, but with those dates now shelved, Palmer says he’s looking to reschedule the concerts for later this year. He says: “I am pleased to say that we are now working on the month of September for the European tour. Hopefully we will get back all the countries and venues we were going to play in April! I hope you are all safe and taking good care. I am looking forward to seeing you all later this year. Paul and Simon send their regards to you all. Stay well and we will see you all soon.”


March 16: Lazuli cancel UK tour French prog rockers Lazuli were forced to cancel their current European tour after just four dates on advice of the French government. In a statement on their Facebook page the band promised to return, saying "We can’t wait to see you back and share again all these fantastic times with you all."

March 16: The Darkness cancel Australian and New Zealand shows
The Darkness have been forced to cancel their tour of Australia and New Zealand. The band say: “In an effort to control the spread of coronavirus, the Australian government has banned gatherings over 500 capacity and the NZ government has introduced a 14 day quarantine period for all new arrivals. It breaks our collective heart to cancel the remaining three shows with you guys, but destiny has been ripped from our grasp."

March 16: Dropkick Murphys to live-stream St Patrick’s Day show
The annual St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Boston have been called off, but that’s not going to stop Dropkick Murphys who say they will play and live-stream their set on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook tomorrow at 7pm ET (11pm GMT).

March 16: Ben Waters Band featuring Ronnie Wood call off shows
The Ben Waters Band with Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood had been due to play at Under The Bridge in Fulham tonight and tomorrow, and at the Helix in Dublin on March 20. However, all three shows – which were to celebrate the music of Chuck Berry – have been postponed. “The dates will be announced ASAP when things have calmed down a bit,” says Waters, who adds that Woods will play at the rescheduled shows.

March 16: Eyehategod cancel remainder of tour
Eyehategod have pulled the plug on their current tour, with the band saying in a statement: “It is with much regret that Eyehategod has had to cancel the last three shows of our recent tour: Kiev, St Petersburg and Moscow. We have no apology big enough and we are very sorry to our Ukrainian and Russian fans, but the possibility of being kept from returning home for 30 days would not have been financially possible for the band.”

March 16: Foo Fighters postpone Van Tour
Foo Fighters have decided to move their North American Van Tour to later in the year due to the coronavirus threat. They've moved three of the shows into December, with further dates to be rescheduled in the near future.


March 15: David Lee Roth postpones Las Vegas residency
A statement from the House Of Blues reads, "Out of an abundance of caution, working within our local official guidelines and our obligation to provide our fans, artists and bands a safe environment to enjoy their shows; please be advised that the David Lee Roth: Rocks Vegasa Residency shows March18, 20, 21 & March 25, 27, 28 have been postponed until further notice. Hang on to your tickets, we’ll email you (and post updates here) as soon as a new dates are announced."

March 15: Fish postpones live dates
Fish has postponed his forthcoming tour, citing "the impending UK government decision to cancel all 'mass gatherings'...". In a post on his Facebook page the singer also stated "All tickets bought for the March UK shows will be valid for the rescheduled dates and I will get more information to you as soon as I can."

March 15: Prog In The Park 2.0 postponed
Scotland's Prog In The Park 2.0 festival has also postponed. Organiser Kevin O'Neill announced on the event Facebook page, "It really is with a heavy heart that after taking counsel, I am postponing PITP 2.0. There has been a lot of hard work been put into this by myself and others and I am gutted that it is now postponed". Alan Reed, This Winter Machine, Jennifer Clark, Scottish Pink Floyd and more were due to play. O'Neill says the ent will take place later in the year.

March 15: Francis Rossi postpones spoken word tour
The Status Quo man's promotor has issued a statement that says, "We have a duty of care to Francis Rossi’s audience, a number of whom fall into the high risk categories identified by the Government. Therefore, we have today been advised that the ‘I Talk Too Much’ tour should be postponed with immediate effect." Fans are requested to retain their tickets, which will be valid for rescheduled dates.


March 14: Steve Hackett postpones US dates
Steve Hackett has announced that he is postponing the remainder of his US tour in the wake of gig cancellations and the postponement of Cruise To The Edge. In a statement he says: "What a crazy few days it has been! When we first heard that our Collingswood shows would have to be postponed we hoped that we could still continue with the rest of our US dates and then Cruise To The Edge. However, events have snowballed since then and now all our remaining US shows will have to be re-scheduled and CTTE has also been postponed. As you can imagine this has hit thousands of events, so please be patient whilst our agent and promoters work to reschedule our shows. For now, hold onto your concert tickets and check with your point of sale next week for updates."

March 14: Whitechapel cancel UK and European tour
Whitechapel have issued a statement to say that their UK and European tour has been cancelled. The band say: “We apologise for having to make this decision but the safety of our fans, the crews working the shows, and ourselves is what is most important at this time.” The band stress that the shows will not be rescheduled.

March 14: Thom Yorke postpones Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes tour
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has postponed the North American leg of his Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes tour “due to restrictions put in place to minimise the spread of COVID-19.” Yorke plans on rescheduling the tour for later in the year.

March 14: Code Orange to livestream album launch show tonight
Code Orange were due to play Pittsburgh’s Roxian Theatre later tonight to mark yesterday’s launch of their new album Underneath. However, the show is officially off due to the coronavirus pandemic – but the band won’t be stopped. They'll play at the empty venue tonight and livestream their performance on Twitch at 9pm ET under the banner Last Ones Left: In Fear Of The End. Fans watching will be able to purchase exclusive merch and contribute financially if they are able. Code Orange will also reschedule the show and have urged fans to hold on to their tickets.

March 14: Sepultura shelve North American tour plans
Sepultura have moved their North American tour with Sacred Reich and Crowbar to later this year. The band say: “Due to the development of the coronavirus situation, we have been forced to postpone our North America tour until the fall. It was not an easy decision, but we need to take care of each other. This is, like you understand, far beyond our control. Rescheduled dates will be announced soon, stay tuned. Thank you for your understanding and listen to Quadra!”

March 14: Alice Cooper reschedules North American tour dates
Alice Cooper’s spring headline North American tour has been postponed which affects all dates from March 31 through April 22. A statement adds: “The tour is being rescheduled for Fall 2020 and the new schedule will be announced as soon as possible. Due to the current concerns regarding COVID-19, the health and safety of our fans, local venue staffs, as well as the health and safety of our band and crew, is of utmost priority.”

March 14: Sebastian Bach forced to postpone second leg of tour
Sebastian Bach has issued a statement to say that the second leg of his 30th anniversary tour has been postponed. “We were really looking forward to rocking out with you all this spring," he says, "but multiple cities along the tour have forced public gathering cancelations, which is beyond our control. It is also very important that our families, my band and crew and my extended family, AKA all of you rock fans, stay safe and healthy. In the meantime, I am going to continue to work on new music!” All tickets purchased will be valid for the rescheduled dates which will be announced in due course.

March 14: Black Label Society postpone remainder of North American tour
Black Label Society have been on the road across North America with Obituary,  but the final 12 shows have now been called off. The band say: “Rescheduled dates will be announced next week so please hold on to your tickets. Thanks to everyone that came out to the shows and everyone please stay safe and healthy. We will see you all very soon!”


March 13: Stiff Little Fingers cancel Glasgow and Troon shows
Stiff Little Fingers' upcoming Scottish shows have fallen victim to new regulations banning public gatherings of over 500 people, and the shows have been shifted to July and August. "Obviously we are gutted to not be at Barrowland’s this St Patrick’s Day – first one we have missed in 29 years," says frontman Jake Burns. "Troon also was going to be a special show for us due to our history with the venue, so we are very sorry indeed."

March 13: Evanescence and Within Temptation postpone European Tour
Evanescence and Within Temptation have been forced to postpone their co-headline European tour until later this year. "The show will go on," says Amy Lee, "and we are already busy locking in the new dates for this fall."

March 13: William Duvall cancels European Tour
The Alice In Chains singer has taken to Facebook to announce the cancellation of his upcoming European dates. "All I can say is that I am already looking into every possibility for rescheduling," he says. "My team is also working with the promoters in each country to honour the tickets that have been purchased in any city and venue that will allow it for the rescheduled shows. For the cities where this is not possible, refunds will be issued."

March 13: Tarja Turunen cancels European shows
The singer posted, "It is with regret that due to the escalating situation with regards to coronavirus in France and UK and around the world, the shows due to take place tonight in Marseille and in the forthcoming days in Strasbourg, Paris, London, Manchester and Glasgow will no longer take place."

March 13: Magnum cancel tour
After initially taking a defiant stance against show cancellations, Magnum have bowed to the inevitable. "We're very sorry to all the loyal fans who were looking forward to coming to see us," say the band. "But even more than this we are sorry for those who will feel the financial impact of this for months and even years to come."

March 13: Jesus And Mary Chain cancel UK & European tour
The Jesus And Mary Chain's upcoming dates in April and May have been cancelled as venue restrictions come into play. "We are trying to reschedule and will announce more on that asap," say the band. "All tickets remain valid for rescheduled shows, but ticket holders can get a refund from the point of purchase if required."

March 13: Carcass cancel Australian tour
Carcass has become the latest band to be forced to cancel their touring plans in light of coronavirus. A statement on the band’s Facebook page says: “Due to the very unfortunate circumstances surrounding the Download Australia cancellation and now the newly enforced government regulations, Soundworks Touring regrets to inform the public that all appearances on the scheduled Carcass Australian tour have been cancelled. This has been an incredibly difficult decision to make, but one we now have no choice in.”

March 13: Lamb Of God postpone UK and European tour
Lamb Of God have issued a statement to say that their upcoming UK and European tour has been postponed. The band say: “Unfortunately, our upcoming European and UK tour will be postponed due to the various bans on public gatherings and travel restrictions. We also wouldn’t want to put fans, crew or bands in danger or risk further spread of the virus.” Lamb Of God say they are currently working on rescheduling the shows and have urged fans to keep hold of their tickets.

March 13: Mayhem and Abbath cancel joint tour
After Mayhem and Abbath’s shows in Seattle and San Francisco were cancelled earlier this week, it's now been confirmed that the rest of the tour is off due to limits on the number of people who can gather at any one location.

March 13: Devin Townsend forced to postpone Empath Vol. 1 tour
Devin Townsend reports that the remaining dates on his Empath Vol. 1 tour have been postponed due to coronavirus. He says: “With the travel ban in effect from Europe and the consequent chaos that has brought to travel plans, as well as the increasing social unrest, combined with the fact that half of this crew is either European or from the UK, it put us in a tenuous position. Several of the dates have been cancelled by the state, and I suspect many more to come.”

March 13: Record Store Day moved to June
Record Store Day has been postponed until June with organisers citing "unprecedented uncertainty" around public gatherings. The event, traditionally the biggest day of the year for record sales, was set to take place on April 18 and will now go ahead on June 20. 

March 13: Kiss and David Lee Roth postpone remainder of tour
Kiss have reported that “out of an abundance of caution” their shows with David Lee Roth in Tulsa, Biloxi and Lafayette have been moved to later in the year. The Tulsa show will now take place on October 4 at the BOK Center, the Biloxi date will be on October 6 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Lafayette will now happen on October 7 at the Cajundome.

March 13: Styx call off North American tour
Styx have announced that their upcoming North American shows have been postponed. The first postponed date is tonight’s show in Bensalem with all further dates, including the show in Waterloo, New York, on March 28, to be rescheduled in the near future.

March 13: Lollapalooza Argentina and Chile postponed
Guns N’ Roses were due to headline both Lollapalooza dates in Argentina and Chile this month, but both have now been shelved. There’s no word yet if Lollapalooza Brazil will take place as planned on April 3-5 in Sao Paulo.

March 13: Rage Against The Machine postpone North American tour
Rage Against The Machine were due to hit the road across North America later this month with Run The Jewels, but the shows have now been postponed. RATM say: “Due to the current outbreak and ban on public gatherings, we are postponing the first part of our tour – March 26 - May 20. The safety and health of those who come to our shows is of utmost importance.”

March 13: Lynyrd Skynyrd reschedule all March dates
Lynyrd Skynyrd have paused their Last Of The Street Survivors Farewell Tour and moved all of March’s dates to later in the year. The band say: “The Fresno, CA, date will now be held August 14 and the Reno, NV, show moves to October 2. The four additional March dates will also be rescheduled with new dates announced soon.”

March 13: Van der Graaf Generator cancel April tour
Peter Hammill reported that all Van der Graaf Generator’s April shows have been cancelled. He added: “We're working hard on rearranging them for September/October and tickets will remain valid for those dates. At the moment the May shows are still on. But these are parlous times.

March 13: Tool postpone West Valley City show
Tool report that while their performance at Nampa’s Ford Idaho Center Amphitheatre is still scheduled to take place on March 14, their show at West Valley City’s Maverick Center on March 16 has been postponed. The band add: “As for the recently announced North American Spring tour, we are taking a day-to-day approach so please continue to monitor our website and social media channels for updates.”

March 13: Steve Hackett calls off two Collingwood shows
Steve Hackett issues statement saying that his two shows at the Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood scheduled for March 13 and 14 have been postponed.

March 13: Live Nation and AEG suspend all large-scale tours until April
Two of the biggest concert promoters in North America recommend that all big tours currently taking place should be halted until April due to the coronavirus chaos.

March 13: Download Australia cancelled after My Chemical Romance withdraw
My Chemical Romance postponed their tour of Australia and New Zealand – a run of shows that was to include a headline slot at Download Australia. The knock-on effect has resulted in the festival being cancelled.

March 13: Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony is off
The annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony was due to take place in Cleveland, Ohio, on May 2 where Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, T-Rex, The Doobie Brothers, The Notorious B.I.G. and Whitney Houston were to be enshrined. However,  the event has been postponed, with further details to be revealed in due course.


March 12: Wildhearts cancel cruise and Milton Keynes show
The Wildhearts have taken to social media to announce the cancellation of the Radio Rock Cruise in Finland and also tomorrow’s performance at MK11 in Milton Keynes. They say, "The cruise was cancelled on advice of the Finnish Government, and the band and management are working hard to rearrange the Milton Keynes show. We plan to have tickets on sale for the new date but please contact the promoter should you wish for a refund, more info to follow when we have it."

March 12: Kvelertak cancel remaining tour dates
Kvelertak have cancelled all remaining tour dates, releasing a statement that reads: "We made it this far, and it’s been a good ride! But our tour sadly ends here. Due to the current world situation, we are postponing all our remaining tour dates. We are all in this together, and we want to do our part. We will be working on new dates and hope to have them for you as soon as possible. Thank you for all whom have been to our shows so far. Stay safe. Wash your hands. Listen to your local authorities, and Kvelertak!"

March 12: After The Burial cancel UK/European tour
The travel ban claims another tour, as After The Burial cite it as the reason for them cutting their UK and European tour short. "It’s a horrible situation, and we wish it wasn’t the case, but unfortunately it has come down to this and we have to err on the safe side," they say via a statement. "We offer our apologies to all the fans that didn’t get to catch us on this tour, and we hope it won’t be too long until we can return."

March 12: Greg Dulli cancels UK/European tour
Dulli announced via his social media channels that he is cancelling his UK and European tour dates due to the travel ban. "We sincerely apologise and are already working on rescheduling our European tour for later this year. Refunds will be available at point of purchase," he said via a statement on his Facebook page. The US dates are currently scheduled to go ahead as planned, though he'll "continue to monitor the situation as it develops".

March 12: Gost cancels the remainder of the Valediction Tour
Gost announced via Twitter that the remaining dates on his Valediction Tour have been cancelled, adding: "I am decidedly upset about having to do this. If you’ve shown me any support on this tour I am eternally grateful".

March 12: The Mission halt The United European Party Tour
The Mission frontman Wayne Hussey has announced that following the band’s set in Lisbon tonight (March 12) the rest of their United European Party Tour will be postponed. He's urged fans to hold on to their tickets for the rescheduled dates which will be revealed in due course.

March 12: Chelsea Wolfe cancels European acoustic tour
Chelsea Wolfe’s European acoustic tour has been cancelled due to the closure of venues and the new travel plans that have been put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 12: Machine Head, Papa Roach, My Chemical Romance and more call off shows
Machine Head, Papa Roach, My Chemical Romance, Mayhem, Abbath, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Wardruna and Heilung have all had to put a hold on their touring activities due to the coronavirus pandemic.

March 12: The Who postpone UK and Ireland tour
The Who have postponed their UK and Ireland tour which was due to start in Manchester on March 16. Also affected is the band’s headline show at London’s Royal Albert Hall for Teenage Cancer Trust. All dates will be rescheduled.

March 12: Yes cancel Cruise To The Edge appearance
Yes have cancelled their appearance at their own Cruise To The Edge festival due to the coronavirus pandemic. The band have issued a statement to also inform fans that their four-date mini US tour with Alan Parsons Live Project, which was due to take place this month ahead of the cruise, has also been shelved.


March 11: Guns N’ Roses postpone show as Coachella is pushed back
Guns N’ Roses have confirmed that their planned show in San Jose, Costa Rica, has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

March 11: Lacuna Coil on Italy's lockdown
Lacuna Coil vocalist Cristina Scabbia says she and the rest are the band are well amid the coronavirus outbreak in their homeland of Italy.

March 11: Magnum vow to "f**k coronavirus" and carry on with European tour
UK melodic rock stalwarts Magnum have vowed not to let the coronavirus outbreak interfere with their touring plans. The band say that the flu-like virus – also known as COVID-19 – should not prevent fans from living their lives "to the fullest."


March 10: Pearl Jam postpone tour as Kiss cancel meet and greets
Pearl Jam are the latest artist to change their touring plans in light of the coronavirus outbreak. The band have decided to postpone their upcoming North American tour, which was due to get under way in Toronto on March 18.


March 06: Fan who attended Tool concert diagnosed with coronavirus
A man in his 30s who attended Tool’s recent show in Auckland, New Zealand, has been diagnosed with coronavirus. He’s the country’s fourth recorded COVID-19 case, while his wife was the second person in the country to be found carrying the virus.

March 06: Ozzy cancels SXSW appearance, Queen + Adam Lambert postpone show
Ozzy was due to attend the world premiere of Biography: The Nine Lives Of Ozzy Osbourne at South By Southwest later this month. But he won’t now appear due to the spread of the flu-like virus and his ongoing battle with Parkinson’s disease. Queen & Adam Lambert, meanwhile, have been forced to postpone their show at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris on May 26 as a result of coronavirus.


March 05: Trivium postpone tour, Hammerfest and HRH AOR are called off
Trivium have were due to play shows this month in the Far East, but with concerns over the flu-like virus increasing, Matt Heafy and co. have been forced to shelve those plans. In addition organisers of the UK’s Hammerfest and HRH AOR have postponed this year’s festivals. Hammerfest was due to take place on March 19-22, while HRH AOR was scheduled for March 12-15.

March 05: Slipknot, Whitesnake and Sons Of Apollo postpone tours
SlipknotWhitesnakeSons Of Apollo and Michael Schenker Fest have become the latest bands to cancel touring plans due to the coronavirus outbreak.


March 02: Lacuna Coil cancel tour dates due to coronavirus fears
Lacuna Coil have canceled a number of their planned shows due to Coronavirus fears. The Italian outfit report that they’ve decided to take the drastic action due to an outbreak of the virus – also known as COVID-19 – in their home region of Lombardy in the north of the country.


February 25: Coronavirus outbreak forces Testament and Exodus to cancel show
Testament have been forced to pull a show in Italy due to the coronavirus outbreak. The thrash icons have cancelled their show with Exodus and Death Angel at Milan’s Trezzo Live Club this evening (February 25) after Italian authorities cancelled public events in the area as a precautionary measure against the spread of the virus.

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