Well, it’s official. The largest live music booking companies — Live Nation Entertainment and AEG — have suspended all tours amid coronavirus outbreak.
According to a press release, the companies “have come together to form a global task force to drive strategic support and unified direction ensuring precautionary efforts and ongoing protocol are in the best interest of artists, fans, staff, and the global community.”
The statement continues, “At this time, we collectively recommend large scale events through the end of March be postponed. We continue to support that small scale events follow guidance set by their local government officials. We feel fortunate to have the flexibility to reschedule concerts, festivals, and live events as needed, and look forward to connecting fans with all their favorite artists and live entertainment soon.”
Billie Eilish, Cher, Kiss, Post Malone, TOOL, Morrissey, Thundercat and Third Eye Blind are among the artists who currently have Live Nation tours.
The move follows numerous cancelations and postponements around the globe. The annual SXSW music festival is canceled for the first time in 34 years, while the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival is postponed until October.
Meanwhile, the NBA suspended its entire season after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. The NHL, NCAA, MLS, MLB and more followed suit.
The most recent report from the Center For Disease Control notes there are 1,629 total cases in the United States, resulting in 41 deaths.