Breaking News: Live Nation and AEG Suspend Touring Until April Amid Coronavirus Concerns

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The Press Release:
Live Nation and AEG, North America’s largest concert promoters, are halting all large-scale tours in the U.S. and abroad until April and asking artists to come home amid coronavirus fears.

The competitors aligned with the biggest booking agencies in the country to mount a unified effort to address the situation. In a joint statement, executives from Live Nation, AEG, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), William Morris Endeavor (WME), Paradigm, and United Talent Agency (UTA) said they are working together to develop best practices to safeguard artists, fans, and staff in the concert industry.

“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,” the coalition said in a joint 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.”

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: The statement above was sourced from Rolling Stone magazine and comes in tandem to an earlier statement by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo where all event spaces with capacity of 500+ will be banned from hosting events. All Broadway shows are on hold as well as result of this edict. We wish all of our readers and friends in the Metal bands the best of health and safety during this distressing time. Stay mindful my legions. More to come I am sure.

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