Take The Stage Or Stay Home? Live Music Is In Flux Over Coronavirus

Whether it’s infected a relatively small or ever-burgeoning portion of the U.S. population, fears about what the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 has wrought and may further wring has reached every corner of society. It’s of special concern anywhere large crowds of people gather — sporting events, conventions, concerts.

The NBA just suspended its season because Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert was diagnosed with COVID-19; he and his teammates on the Jazz are being quarantined at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. (The Jazz played the Celtics in Boston on March 6.) The NHL has followed suit. The St. Patrick’s Day parade was canceled in both Chicago and Boston and the Boston Marathon is in question. On March 11, E3 — the country’s biggest video game convention in Los Angeles — was canceled.

The live music world is in flux. “The situation is way too fluid right now for us to officially comment,” said a source from a major concert promoter. “Until we see what kind of guidance or directives we will be given by municipalities, the only thing I’m quickly learning is anything we say can become old news by the time the words even leave our mouths.”

When it comes to concerts, there have already been some big cancellations. Pretty much every tour through Asia — from New Order to Green Day to The National to — has been canceled. Madonna and Queen with Adam Lambert canceled Paris dates. Miley Cyrus canceled an appearance at the World Tour Bushfire Relief concert in Melbourne, Australia. Carlos Santana canceled a European tour.

In America, the SXSW festival in Austin has been scrapped and the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival has been rescheduled from April to October.



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