Concerts have been postponed one by one amid fears of the spread of coronavirus, and now a large chunk of the industry is taking unprecedented action to get most if not all of its major productions off the road.
Live Nation, AEG and the biggest talent agencies they work with have suspended tours for the rest of March. Top executives from CAA, WME, Paradigm and UTA have come together with the promoters to create a task force to figure out the best way to proceed.
“At this time, we collectively recommend large scale events through the end of March be postponed,” read a joint statement. “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.”
Major artists like Pearl Jam, Zac Brown Band, Cher and Michael Bublé had already postponed upcoming tour dates on their own.
“I was looking forward to getting back on the road but the safety of my fans and my touring family of course take priority under the current circumstances," Bublé said. "We will be coming back soon with new dates and everyone will be safe to enjoy a great night out. Stay well everyone."
"I'm heartbroken, but the health of my fans and my touring family comes first," Cher said. "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."