coronavirus cancellations & postponements: Phil Lesh, Cher, Billy Joel, The Format, Dashboard Confessional, more
The coronavirus pandemic is currently wreaking havoc on the live event industry, including sporting events, movie releases, concerts and music festivals. Here's a list of some recent concert and tour cancellations. If you're planning on going to a show and you're unsure whether it's still happening, you might want to check venue websites/Facebook/Twitter.
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE
Rage postponed their reunion tour through May 20. Read more HERE.
Thom's North American dates around Coachella are postponed.
THE FORMAT REUNION SHOWS
The Format were supposed to play reunion shows in NYC (March 20-22), Chicago (March 27-29) and Phoenix (April 3-4) but "Due to concerns related to the coronavirus, we’ve decided to move our upcoming shows to this July. We've been looking forward to these shows - but if we could wait 12 years - what’s another few months? Sorry if this causes any inconvenience. We know some of you booked flights and hotels, but we want to make sure that everyone stays safe." The new NYC dates are Bowery Ballroom on July 17-19; the new Chicago dates are "Lincoln Hall on July 21-23, and the new Phoenix dates are at The Van Buren on July 25-27.
The band note that previously purchased tickets are valid for the new shows: "If you had a ticket for the first night, then you'll have a ticket to the new first night and so on" and "If you can't attend your rescheduled date, you can get a refund at your point of purchase." They also say "In an effort to keep tickets in the hands of real fans (and not scalpers!), returned tickets will be made available through the Lyte fan exchange."
With deep regret, CHER has announced the postponement of all concerts on the "Here We Go Again Tour" effective immediately.
This includes the Oklahoma City concert planned for tonight, March 12.
"I'm heartbroken, but the health of my fans and my touring family comes first. The shows have been really special but, nothing is more important than everybody's safety. I’m excited to see everyone when we’re back out on the road,” said CHER.
Currently held tickets will be honored for the new date, and no action is needed if fans want to keep their tickets and current seat locations.
THE BILLY JOEL CONCERTS SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 19 AND APRIL 10 AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN HAVE BEEN POSTPONED TO SEPTEMBER 26 AND OCTOBER 11, RESPECTIVELY
LIVE NATION ARENA TOURS
Billboard reports that Live Nation is "instructing its touring shows to prepare to return home."
From Billie Eilish:
It is with great sadness to announce the following Billie Eilish ‘WHERE DO WE GO’ North American tour dates have been postponed until further notice. Details on postponed dates to be announced soon. All tickets will be honored for the new dates.
“i’m so sad to do this but we need to postpone these dates to keep everyone safe. we’ll let you know when they can be rescheduled. please keep yourselves healthy. i love you.” - Billie Eilish
STURGILL SIMPSON/TYLER CHILDERS
PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE 35TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
From Bob Mould:
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all Bob Mould Solo Electric shows from Fri Mar 20 through Sun Mar 29 will be rescheduled.
We will share information about the rescheduled dates, as well as refund information, as soon as it is available. We are actively looking to reschedule to future dates. Your tickets will be honored at the rescheduled dates, so please hold on to them. Should you need a refund immediately, please go to your original point of purchase to request a refund.
“I was raised in the age of ‘the show must go on’ — but protecting ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities is paramount as we navigate this unpredictable public health crisis. Please follow the directions of local and national health authorities. Apologies for any inconvenience, thanks for understanding, and I hope to see you all in the near future.”
ROTTING CHRIST/BORKNAGAR/WOLFHEART/ABIGAIL WILLIAMS/IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT
The 2020 Devastation on the Nation tour has been postponed until 2021. Here's the statement from Metal Festival Tours and Continental Touring:
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are numerous states and cities on the Devastation On The Nation Tour that are putting bans on gatherings anywhere between 100-1000 people. On top of that, the President of the United States of America has put a travel ban in place for anyone coming from Europe to America for the next 30 days which starts Friday. Three out of the five bands on this tour are from Europe which are Rotting Christ, Borknagar, and Wolfheart. They were scheduled to fly here on March 18th. Unfortunately, as you can see, our hands are tied and we have no other choice than to postpone the Devastation On The Nation Tour.
The tour will now be rescheduled to February 11th - March 14th, 2021 and will have the same route in place. The tour will still feature Rotting Christ, Borknagar, Wolfheart, Abigail Williams, and IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT
To everyone who has purchased tickets already. If you would like a refund, you are able to get one by contacting the company you purchased it from. If you would like to hold onto your current ticket, it will be honored at the rescheduled date. We hope many of you will keep your tickets and join us in February/March of 2021.
Please stay tuned for our next announcement which will come very soon
BOB WEIR & WOLF BROS TOUR
The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir is touring with Wolf Bros but remaining dates have now been rescheduled for the fall. "The health and wellbeing of our live music community is of the utmost importance," says Bob. "So, while we all deal with the effects of coronavirus (Covid-19) we will be rescheduling our remaining Bob Weir and Wolf Bros headline dates. Thank you for your continued support, the audiences have been incredible on this tour, the shows have been the kinda stuff we live for and we can’t wait to get back out there with you. In the meantime, be good to yourselves – and to each other – and please take preventative actions as recommended by the CDC and WHO." They note all tickets for the shows will be honored for the rescheduled dates and refunds are available at point of purchase. Here are the new dates:
J. Cole's festival, which had its inaugural edition postponed due to a hurricane, is postponing its second edition, too.
PHIL LESH 80TH BIRTHDAY SHOWS AT THE CAPITOL THEATRE
Meanwhile, Phil Lesh was to have celebrated his 80th birthday with three shows at Port Chester, NY's Capitol Theatre this weekend (March 13-15). but they have now been postponed till the summer, dates TBA:
SOMETHING IN THE WATER
The 2020 edition of Something in the Water is cancelled. From Pharrell:
After much consideration, in partnership with the City of Virginia Beach, we’ve sadly decided to postpone SOMETHING IN THE WATER 2020.
We will return April 23-25, 2021 as part of our normal annual schedule. All tickets for 2020 will be honored for next year’s festival. Original purchasers must obtain a refund by submitting a request on this website after March 20, 2020. All refund requests must be submitted through this website and no refunds will be processed by contacting Front Gate Tickets via phone or email.
Please use this time to keep building, creating, and progressing. The SITW team certainly will. There are a number of timely community-centric displays of goodwill that we are working hard to ensure still happen this April - things like the planting of a new school garden, public art, SITW Restaurant Week and more.
With heavy hearts we inform you that we are forced to cancel this North American tour after just one show. All these government actions, bans and restrictions to fight the Corona virus are basically cancelling our shows and shutting down the country so there is nothing we can do.
We came all the way here and really tried to make this tour happen. But the situation has quickly gotten a lot worse during the last 48 hours. This is very sad and frustrating for us but also a huge financial disaster for both Insomnium and Omnium Gatherum. Right now we don't know how we can continue.
All tickets will be refunded. Please contact the place where you bought your ticket.
Once we get home we will think about how we can salvage the financial situation of both bands. We will try to come up with some sort of fundraising campaign or something. We are going to need the help of our fans. If we can get past these difficult times we will try to make this same tour happen again in the future.
Stay safe, wash your hands, stay calm.
Insomnium & Omnium Gatherum
DEAFHEAVEN / INTER ARMA / GREET DEATH / ALL YOUR SISTERS
Due to COVID19, city ordinances, recommended quarantines, and public health, our upcoming tour with INTER ARMA, Greet Death, and ALL YOUR SISTERS has been postponed until further notice. Our miracle team has been working diligently to reschedule and honor this tour and we will update everyone with new information as soon as possible. Like so many other hard working people in the touring world being affected by the virus, we appreciate your patience and understanding while we all work through this.
No updates yet on the status of any of our future tour dates we still have listed at deafheaven.com
Multiple venues, including Carnegie Hall, Brooklyn Bowl, Town Hall, Public Records, and House of Yes, will be temporarily closing.
Wye Oak are postponing the remainder of their JOIN tour until July.
HEART BONES (HAR MAR SUPERSTAR & SABRINA ELLIS)
We are beyond gutted to have to write this but we are sure this won't come as a huge surprise to anyone - Our current North American tour will be postponed. This affects all dates including tonight's Las Vegas show Friday 13th March! (FRIDAY 13TH, what are the chances) !
All tickets for upcoming shows will be valid for our rescheduled dates of course! Any queries for specific shows please direct to that shows promoter, we aim to be back in all cities ASAP.
We are all living in a really bizarre moment in history and although we loved playing the shows so far on this trip and dancing with all of you we will have to put that on hold for the time being. Thanks to the incredible Automatic for joining us, all the other bands we played with, Alisa and Ground Control Touring who have been so stellar and Kelsey for being the best!
We will be back soon! We are all gonna try our hardest to reschedule all dates for a return later in the year and get that locked in asap!
In the meantime, you can get your Shopping online as we will put some tour merch up for sale to help cover our costs.
Thanks for yr support! Stay healthy and we'll see you soon North America!!
The remainder of Dashboard Confessional's tour (including NJ's Starland Ballroom on Friday) has been postponed until June:
The Radiator Hospital show at Ridgewood, NY's Trans-Pecos on Friday is cancelled.
THE BUKU PROJECT
The New Orleans festival is postponing until September:
BROOKLYN COMES ALIVE
Brooklyn jam marathon Brooklyn Comes Alive is postponed. They write:
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Brooklyn Comes Alive has been postponed.
We have been working tirelessly to come up with a solution, as the health and safety of our attendees, the artists on the lineup, and the general public is our primary concern. Until today, we had maintained hope that we could figure out a way to make it work, but with the newly instated ban on mass gatherings in the state of New York, we are unable to move forward with the event as planned.
We know that this is upsetting and that many of you were traveling in from all over to attend. We are just as disappointed as you are, but Brooklyn Comes Alive is not going anywhere—we'll be back before you know it.
We are currently working with the artists and Avant Gardner to figure out a rescheduled date. We appreciate your patience as we navigate these unprecedented waters and will have more information for you soon.
-The Brooklyn Comes Alive Team
From Screaming Females:
Due to health concerns over coronavirus (CORVID-19) the rest of our west coast dates are cancelled. Refunds will be available from point of purchase. Stay safe everyone!
Adam Green's tour is cancelled:
BEYOND WONDERLAND SOCAL
From CEO and Founder of Insomniac Events Pasquale Rotella:
PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS
UK group Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs were to play Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus on March 13 and LA’s Moroccan Lounge on 3/15, in addition to a trip to Austin for SXSW. When SXSW got canceled, Pigs x7 canceled the NYC and LA shows. "We’re very sorry to not be heading out and we’ll be back as soon as we’re able," they write.
A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS
APTBS' New Colossus show at Bowery Ballroom with Public Practice and LIFE has been postponed. From Bowery Ballroom:
AN UPDATE ON TOMORROW NIGHT:
Due to Governor Cuomo’s ban on large gatherings, our New Colossus Festival show with A Place to Bury Strangers will be rescheduled to a later date. Please hold on to your tickets, and we will have an update as soon as we can once we have a new date, which will include continuing to honor attendance for New Colossus badge holders.
From Best Coast:
THE WONDER YEARS
Fennesz is on his first US tour in 10 years right now, but tonight (3/12) in Chicago will be its final night:
The two Brooklyn shows on Saturday at Bushwick Methodist Church (part of the Ambient Church series) have been postponed till July, dates still TBA.
Ween and Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas have been closely monitoring the escalation of the Coronavirus outbreak. Ween “March Mitzvah” weekend is largely a travel destination for fans with the majority of attendees visiting Las Vegas from across the country. In the interest of everyone’s health and well-being, Ween and Brooklyn Bowl are rescheduling these shows to October 2-4, 2020. 3-day passes will be automatically transferred to the corresponding new dates. Single day tickets for the Friday/Saturday, March 20/21 will be honored on Friday/Saturday October 2/3. Single-day tickets for Thursday, March 19 will be honored on Sunday, October 4.
If you’re unable to attend the new dates, refunds are available at http://info.ticketweb.com/contact Please stay safe, and we look forward to seeing you all in October. Sincerely, Ween and BBLV
From Steve Gunn:
Devin Townsend's North American tour supporting his new album Empath was scheduled to wrap up at the end of the month, but it's getting cut short, with remaining dates being postponed. "It is with immense disappointment that I have been put in the position to announce the postponement of the remaining dates on my Empath Vol. 1 North American Tour due to Corona Virus," he writes. "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. This is a postponement, not a cancellation. And your support has been tremendous thus far. The best it’s been in North America. Thank you and immense apologies to those who were looking forward to it. Also, apologies to our fantastic crew and incredible band for the loss of income. Thank you for your patience and sorry for the short notice. This came up overnight in a chaotic flurry of new information. Much love, till next time, Dev."
BONNIE "PRINCE" BILLY
From Drag City:
We are sad to announce that the following Bonnie 'Prince' Billy tour dates have now be cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns. All refunds will be issued by the venues automatically. Stay healthy and take care of one another!
03/12 in Providence, RI @ Columbus Theatre
03/13 in Portland, ME @ State Theatre
03/14 in Northampton, MA @ Academy of Music
03/15 in Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
The Seattle, Vancouver, Portland, Las Vegas and California dates on Wilco's spring tour are postponed.
THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS
They Might Be Giants' March and April shows are postponed.
Bikini Kill's Northwest tour dates scheduled for March have been cancelled.
Big Ears' 2020 edition is cancelled.
Treefort has postponed its 2020 edition until September.
The 2020 Decibel Magazine Tour is cancelled entirely.
TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
The 2020 edition of Tribeca Film Festival, originally scheduled for April, is now postponed.
Programming has been suspended at Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg and Park Slope.
THIRD EYE BLIND / SAVES THE DAY
Third Eye Blind postponed their tour with Saves the Day, and they've already announced rescheduled dates.
CASPIAN / PIANOS BECOME THE TEETH
MICROWAVE / DOGLEG
NEW YORK MASS GATHERINGS
Governor Andrew Cuomo banned gatherings of 500 people or more in the state today (3/12).