Pixies have postponed the final leg of their Australian tour, citing the “current public health concerns”.
The alternative rock legends had five dates left on their Come On Pilgrim… It’s Surfer Rosa tour, including a date Thursday night (March 12) at Brisbane’s Fortitude Music Hall, and shows in Sydney and Perth.
With coronavirus spreading the globe, those concerts have been put on ice, explains Live Nation Australasia, producer of the national trek.
“Out of caution for current public health concerns, Pixies are postponing the remaining Australian shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Perth,” reads a statement from the band, and distributed by the concerts giant.
“This was an extremely difficult decision, but the well-being of our fans is always our top priority. Rescheduled dates for all of these shows will be announced soon. We ask that our fans retain their tickets as they will be honored on the new dates. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to returning to Australia.”
According to LN, plans are to reschedule those dates for later this year. Sources say the band is already on a flight heading home to the U.S.
Australia has hit the headlines in recent hours and days, as a handful of celebrities and live music events get caught up in the global pandemic.
Earlier in the week, Miley Cyrus scrapped her appearance at a bushfire benefit concert in Melbourne due to the global health crisis, and Tasmania’s Dark Mofo 2020, featuring performances from Bon Iver among others, was canceled.
As president Trump applies a month-long travel ban from most of Europe into the United States, Australia’s live sector continues to rock on.
“It remains safe to attend a live performance,” says Evelyn Richardson, CEO of Live Performance Australia, in a statement, “and I encourage all Australians to continue to make the most of our dynamic, diverse and vibrant live performance sector.”