The Who Issue Statement After Postponing UK/Ireland Tour Due to Coronavirus

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Another major tour was derailed due to concern over the coronavirus, as on Thursday morning the Who announced that the upcoming UK/Ireland tour was being halted under an abundance of caution.

Said the band via social media in a statement:

After serious consideration, it is with much regret that THE WHO have postponed their UK tour, due to start next Monday March 16th in Manchester at the Manchester Arena and finishing at Wembley SSE Arena on April 8th. The fans’ safety is paramount and given the developing Coronavirus situation, the band felt that they had no option but to postpone the shows.
The dates will be rescheduled for later in the year. All tickets will be honoured.
Singer Roger Daltrey assures fans that the shows will “definitely happen and it may be the last time we do a tour of this type, so keep those tickets, as the shows will be fantastic.” Pete Townshend said the band, ”haven’t reached this decision easily, but given the concerns about public gatherings, we couldn’t go ahead.” He added that “if one fan caught Coronavirus at a WHO concert it would be one too many.” Unfortunately, THE WHO will also be unable to appear at the Royal Albert Hall on March 28th as part of the annual Teenage Cancer Trust shows, but intend to reschedule that show also, with more news to follow.

March 16 – Manchester Arena
March 18 – Dublin 3 Arena
March 21 – Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
March 23 – Glasgow SSE Hydro Arena
March 25 – Leeds First Direct Arena
March 28 – London Royal Albert Hall (Teenage Cancer Trust)
March 30 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
April 1 – Birmingham Resorts World Arena
April 3 – Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
April 6 – Liverpool M&S Bank Arena
April 8 – London SSE Wembley Arena

This is inarguably the correct decision, given the circumstances that have put the entire planet on alert. It comes hours after President Donald Trump addressed the United States, laying out measures that are being taken, and as the NBA, Major League Soccer announced suspensions of their seasons and, in the NCAA’s case, that the upcoming March Madness tournament will (as of now, at least take place without fans in the stands.

Additionally, actor Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson announced that they have contracted the illness while in Australia, Celine Dion postponed some concerts as she was tested for the virus (ultimately confirmed to be the common cold), the Coachella + Stagecoach festivals were postponed by Goldenvoice, Carlos Santana scrapped his upcoming European tour, and so on.

Stay safe out there.

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