With nearly 90,000 cases of coronavirus reported worldwide, the live music industry is continuing to see high-profile artists cancel shows out of safety concerns. Following announcements last week that rock legends Green Day canceled shows in Asia and global superstars BTS canceled shows in their native South Korea, several more artists have put a halt to their dates in the region.
Avril Lavigne was set to begin the Asian leg of her Head Above Water World Tour in Shenzhen, China, on April 23, but the 'Sk8er Boi' singer took to social media on Saturday to announce the 12-date trek would not be happening.
"I am sad to announce that we are unable to tour the Asian markets due to the continuous outbreak of the coronavirus," the statement read on Twitter. "My band, crew and I have been working so hard to bring this tour worldwide and are completely bummed out. Please everybody take care of yourselves and stay healthy. You're in my thoughts and prayers and we are hoping to announce rescheduled shows soon."