More music artists have joined the "better to be safe than sorry" bandwagon of tour postponements amid the worldwide crisis heralded by the fast-spreading coronavirus. Several acts officially announced the decision to postpone or cancel their concerts. Others opted to take on a wait-and-see attitude pending the developments happening around the globe.
See who has just decided to put a halt on their upcoming concert run slated for 2020 and move it down to new dates.
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Earlier today, the Canadian singer has officially announced the rescheduled dates for "The After Hours" tour. At the end of March 2020, LiveNation announced that arena tours are moved out of concern due to the COVID-19 spread. The Weeknd, in an April 2020 interview with Variety , has confirmed that the tour is not yet canceled but will have to rearrange the dates.
"The After Hours" tour was set to kick off on June 11, 2020, in Vancouver, Canada. The
new dates will start on June 12, 2021, at the same time as Rogers Arena in Vancouver. There will be two-weekend show dates in his home country before moving on to the U.S. beginning on June 19 at St. Paul, Minnesota. Special guests Sabrina Claudio and Don Toliver, will join the run in North America, which will have the last concert in New York City on September 2, 2021.
After a month's break, the European leg, where he will have Sabrina Claudio and Black Atlass to support him, will commence on October 4, 2021, in Stockholm, Sweden. The Weeknd's tour will have its final show at Berlin, Germany, on November 11, 2021. Click
here for the complete rescheduled dates.
Previously purchased tickets will be transferable to the new show dates.
Abel Tesfaye, The Weeknd's real name, has been hitting the Billboard charts with his singles from his fourth studio album "The After Hours." "Blinding Lights" topped the Hot 100 on January 25 and still in the Top 10 as of this writing. It has remained on the board for 24 weeks.
Guns N' Roses
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On Twitter , Guns N' Roses earlier posted the announcement that their North American Tour will be postponed "out of an abundance of caution." GN'R further said the tour would be rescheduled, but it has yet to be put again on the calendar. The legendary band assured that ticketholders can still use these on the new show dates. They also gave the option for those who wish to have it refunded.
On a previous announcement, GN'R posted on May 12 that the upcoming European tour "will not be happening." They said that safety for the fans, the crew and band is their major concern. Their next steps will be announced in due time after discussions with promoters, different cities, and venues. The group thanked the fans for their patience and further wrote, "(we) look forward to seeing you all very soon..."
The band's "Sweet Child O' Mine" was recently made into a
children's picture book. They collaborated with New York Times' bestselling author, James Patterson, and illustrator Jennifer Zivion. It is expected to be released in September this year. The Future of Live Concerts
Last weekend, the
first in-person live concert during the pandemic period pioneered in Fort Smith, Arkansas, with country singer Travis McCready as the lead act. The Beaty Capital Group, which owns and manages TempleLive, where the concert was held, proceeded with the experiment despite encountering major raw with the state's officials. The venue was filled up to 20% capacity only, and there are health guidelines that needed to be fulfilled as required by the states' directives. It was not a profitable business decision, but it gave everyone a preview of the possible logistics and economic scenarios of hosting a large event gathering. There will be a lot more discussions and adjustments that have to be done involving various sectors on how live concerts will be in the future.
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