Santana has canceled its upcoming European tour amid concerns over the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). The band, led by guitarist Carlos Santana, is just the latest in a series of acts and events to cancel or postpone due to health concerns, including SXSW, Ultra Music Festival, Tomorrowland Winter, and Coachella.
“It is with great disappointment that I have to inform our fans that we are canceling our upcoming Europe Tour,” President of Universal Tone Management, Michael Vrionis said in a statement. “Many countries have made the decision to restrict public gatherings in excess of 1,000 people to curb the potential spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).”
The Miraculous 2020 World Tour was set to begin on March 14th at the Unipol Arena in Bologna, Italy and then traverse across Europe throughout March and April. The band’s management noted in a statement that refunds are available through the point of purchase.
“While we deeply regret this unfortunate circumstance, the safety of our fans is the main priority for the Santana Organization,” he added. “We will keep you all informed of new performance dates as they are made, and will make every effort to return to Europe soon.”
Santana’s American tour dates are still in-tact and are set to begin on May 13th when they kick off a residency at the House of Blues Las Vegas, billed as An Evening With Santana: Greatest Hits Live. After eight shows in 11 days, the band is slated to hit the road on a cross-country tour with Earth, Wind & Fire beginning on June 19th at North Island Credit Union Theatre in Chula Vista, CA. Head to Santana’s website for tickets and a complete list of dates.