Two of the world’s biggest concert promoters, Live Nation Entertainment and AEG Presents, have suspended all current tours through March amid fears over the coronavirus pandemic.
The decision marks another blow to the music industry following the cancellation of the South by Southwest, Coachella and Stagecoach festivals. Live Nation and AEG both plan to cease touring through March and reevaluate in April, which launches into a busy summer schedule.
Live Nation represents a high-profile stable of touring artists that includes Billy Joel, Foreigner, Judas Priest, the Doobie Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Smashing Pumpkins, Tool, Primus, Black Crowes, Megadeth, and, Dave Matthews Band, amongst others.
AEG’s roster includes the Rolling Stones, Elton John, the Who, Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Whitesnake and more.
The coronavirus pandemic is having a huge impact on the concert industry. Pearl Jam, Green Day, Whitesnake and other artists have already postponed entire tours.