Live Nation to postpone all tours due to COVID-19

News this morning that promoters Live Nation are planning to postpone all tours due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Importantly for us, this would include coming Tool dates across North America. The Live Nation stock price has taken a considerable nosedive today as well. Music promoters are important for what we love, so hopefully this is only a temporary setback.

Billboard writes:

Recognizing national concerns over the spread of the coronavirus, Live Nation is instructing its touring shows to prepare to return home, Billboard has learned. The announcement affects all Live Nation tours, domestically and internationally.

Earlier Thursday (March 12) the company told employees it is recognizing large gatherings around the world are being canceled and the company will be postponing current touring arena shows through the end of the month. Some select shows will play out over the next few days, but the remainder of the concerts will be postponed.

https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/touring/9333748/live-nation-global-pause-tours-concerts-coronavirus

Sad, but not entirely unexpected news at this point. If you have travel insurance, or plans that need adjusting, then it’s now time to start looking at your options.

When I did have a change to catch up with Danny recently, he did suggest to me that Tool are pretty keen to keep touring, and that we should be expecting more shows to be announced over the coming years. No doubt they will reschedule this tour, and I full expect to see new dates in the EU and elsewhere added for 2021.

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asymptotic

Damn. I was hoping they’d be able to sneak in Salt Lake City this Monday the 16th before the cancellations started.

dslet
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dslet

A representative of Tool was reached for comment on the Live Nation announcement earlier today. He stated, “The band was already planning to drop the dates. We didn’t want our fans to get Pneumaonia”.

Maynerd
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Maynerd

See, now this is comical and it’s a shame how totally pussified planet earth has become that a representative for Tool would (these days) be too wary to make a statement like this.

dslet
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dslet

You were on TDN right? I was (surprise) dsl on there if you remember. Still trollin and seeking comic relief after all these years

Maynerd
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Maynerd

No I was never there…

dslet
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dslet

My bad! There was someone with that name there I think.

BeyondZero
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Yup.
This is what happens when you dont play a show in Calgary.

NO ONE GETS TO SEE TOOL!