Live Nation, North America's largest concert promoter and venue operator, is instructing its touring acts to prepare to return home in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. All Live Nation tours are affected, both domestically and internationally, through the end of the month. Concert and event promoter AEG is taking the same steps.
Live Nation will reportedly re-evaluate the situation at the beginning of April with the goal of resuming touring in May or June. Affected tours include Billie Eilish, Tool, Kiss, The Strokes, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Post Malone, Zac Brown Band, Cher, Chris Stapleton and many more.
Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino downplayed how the spread of the virus would affect the concert industry just two weeks ago, saying, “Most of our business doesn't start until the middle of June onwards. So the next few months, we'll have some cancellations, I assume, here and there in some arenas and clubs, but the heart of our business happens this summer.”