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.”
Lavigne’s Asian dates would have included stops in China, Japan, Philippines and Taiwan.
Canadian rock group Wolf Parade also took to social media Monday (March 2) to cancel European and U.K. dates for the tour supporting their latest album, Thin Mind. Wolf Parade’s first show of the trek was set to take place later Monday in The Netherlands.
Citing the spread of coronavirus, the band wrote in the post that “it would be both globally irresponsible and potentially risky for the band to carry out the tour at this time.” The statement added that the band feared carrying and spreading the virus or being quarantined for contracting it as worst-case scenarios due to all the people they come into contact with at shows, airports and more.
“We did not arrive at this decision easily, but in the end, the band and our team all agree it is the right and responsible decision,” the statement said. “We hope you understand.”
Wolf Parade suggested fans seek refunds for their tickets since they plan to reschedule dates, but are unsure when they will be able to do so.
In addition, Florida rock outfit Set It Off called off dates in Asia on Sunday, “due to unforeseen circumstances and for everyone’s safety.” The cancellations impacted their headlining shows in Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Taipei between March 15-18. The band also canceled shows alongside Jimmy Eat World. Set It Off was scheduled to open for Jimmy Eat World’s Surviving world tour on March 12 and 13 in Manilla and Singapore, respectively.
Billboard reached out to representatives for Jimmy Eat World, but have not heard back on whether or not the Arizona rock band will go forward with the March 12 and 13 shows. Both shows have, however, been removed from Jimmy Eat World’s social media and website.