Live Nation Pauses All Domestic/International Tours, Broadway Shuts Down Because of Coronavirus

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Things have escalated so quickly this week in response to growing global concern over coronavirus that Live Nation Entertainment has decided to pause all tours for the time being — both domestic and international tours.

Billboard reported the news on Thursday, with additional details:

Earlier Thursday (March 12) the company told employees it is recognizing large gatherings around the world are being canceled and the company will be postponing current touring arena shows through the end of the month. Some select shows will play out over the next few days, but the remainder of the concerts will be postponed.

Live Nation is also instructing its employees to work remotely and not come into the office. The company’s Beverly Hills headquarters will be mostly closed until the end of March.

This comes a few hours after it was reported that Broadway will shut down in NYC per Governor Cuomo’s instructions.

This a huge development for the music industry, which is being hit hard as a result of the coronavirus and the concerns regarding its potential spread. Last week, Goldenvoice postponed the Coachella and Stagecoach festivals from April to October, SXSW was canceled for 2020, and this week has seen similar postponements or cancellations from Carlos Santana, Pearl Jam, The Who, and more.

For more on COVID-19/coronavirus, click here for a FAQ compiled by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).


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