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In the past few days multiple gigs, festivals and other public gatherings have been postponed or outright scrapped due to Covid-19.
The 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony has been postponed indefinitely due to concerns of the Covid-19 pandemic. The inductees for 2020 are to be The Doobie Brothers, T. Rex, Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, Whitney Houston and the Notorious B.I.G.
There's no date set as yet but Rock & Roll Hall of Fame President Joel Peresman said in a statement:
“We are very disappointed to announce the postponement of this year’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Our first concern is to the health and safety of our attendees and artists and we are complying to the direction of the local and state authorities and common sense. We look forward to rescheduling the ceremony and will make that announcement at the earliest convenience.”
Kiss have announced the cancellation of their meet and greet events
"After many discussions with experts in the field, we have been advised to temporarily cancel these events given the reality that we do this nightly for a hundred or more fans," they said.
Lynyrd Skynyrd's final tour has been put on hold
"Out of an abundance of caution," they said in an official statement, "the March stops of Lynyrd Skynyrd's Last of the Street Survivors farewell tour are proactively being rescheduled."
"The four additional March shows will also be rescheduled," they added, "with new dates announced soon."
The Who released a statement about their cancellation.
“After serious consideration, is it with much regret that the Who have postponed their U.K. and Ireland tour,” a statement read. “The fans’ safety is paramount, and given the developing coronavirus situation, the band felt that they had no option but to postpone the shows.”
There are a few bands that are refusing to stop their tours or gigs due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Reverend Horton Heat announced on his facebook page
"Reverend Horton Heat is not cancelling any gigs because of Covid-19. Any gigs that are cancelled will be because the promoters cancelled. I encourage everyone who lives in a jurisdiction where local governments are restricting rock and roll to push back. Write emails and call your local government agencies to remind them that we have the right to assembly. They can’t stop rock and roll!"
The Exploited's frontman Walter "Wattie" Buchman said on Facebook "Fuck coronavirus!" I have had five heart attacks a quad heart bypass and a heart pace maker fitted. Cancel gigs for a virus? We ain’t fucking Green Day piss - We are the real deal. No danger will we be cancelling our upcoming gigs."
In other news amongst this pandemic R.E.M's old hit 'It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) is now on the US charts at No.58.
Stay safe, everyone!