Live Nation, AEG and Others to Halt Concerts Until April Due To Coronavirus
Two of the largest North American concert promoters — Live Nation and AEG — have suspended all tours until at least April due to concerns about the Coronavirus. Current touring artists have been asked to return to their homes amid the virus concerns.
Following the lead from the NCAA, NBA, NHL and MLB, all of whom this week made the decision to end or postpone or suspend their seasons to prevent the spread of the virus among the athletes and fans. Several large festivals have already been cancelled this week amid the concerns about spreading the virus among large gatherings of people. The two largest concert promoters along with other entertainment agencies formed a task force that made the decision to end all concerts until the end of the month.
The music and entertainment industry formed a joint task force of industry experts and executives including Michael Rapino (CEO and President, Live Nation Entertainment), Dan Beckerman (President and CEO, AEG & Board Member, ASM Global), Jay Marciano (Chairman and CEO, AEG Presents), Rob Light (Managing Partner and Head of the Music Division, CAA), Marc Geiger (Partner and Head of Music, WME), Sam Gores (Chairman, Paradigm), Marty Diamond (Head of Global Music, Paradigm), and David Zedeck (Global Head Of Music, UTA).
The task force released the following statement:
“At this time, we collectively recommend large scale events through the end of March be postponed. We continue to support that small scale events follow guidance set by their local government officials. We feel fortunate to have the flexibility to reschedule concerts, festivals, and live events as needed, and look forward to connecting fans with all their favorite artists and live entertainment soon.”
The combined statement from Live Nation, AEG, CAA, WME, Paradigm and UTA reads:
“The world’s leading forces in live entertainment have come together to form a global task force to drive strategic support and unified direction ensuring precautionary efforts and ongoing protocol are in the best interest of artists, fans, staff, and the global community.”
There have been a number of major music festivals that have already been cancelled or postponed, including Coachella, Ultra, SXSX, and Jazz in the Gardens. There are hundreds of concerts scheduled, and many of the artists have already launched their tours this week, including Billie Eilish, who performed on Monday night in Miami, and Tame Impala, who performed two nights in Los Angeles. Other upcoming shows being impacted with the decision include The Strokes, Post Malone, Michael Buble, Maluma, Kenny Chesney, Cher, Trippoe Redd, and Zac Brown Band. Other shows this summer may be impacted depending on whether the spread of the virus is contained.