The Rolling Stones have announced the postponement of their upcoming return to North America this spring and summer, as the country begins to restrict mass gathering in an effort to lessen the spread of COVID-19.
A statement shared to the band’s social media pages on Tuesday reads, “We’re hugely disappointed to have to postpone the tour. We are sorry to all the fans who were looking forward to it as much as we were, but the health and safety of everyone has to take priority. We will all get through this together–and we’ll see you very soon.”
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The run of 2020 tour dates was supposed to begin on May 8th in San Diego, CA and continue into the summer months before wrapping on July 9th following a gig in Atlanta, GA.
The band also acknowledged the shutdown of all tours and concerts produced by industry-leading promoters AEG and Live Nation until the immediate threat of the global pandemic begins to subside. Bands and artists across the country have started to perform from the safety of their own homes over the past week, including Dopapod, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Goose, Death Cab For Cutie, and more.
In related news, Keith Richards recently gave up smoking cigarettes, so he’s also got that going for him.
— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) March 17, 2020