Journey cancel their 2020 tour with the Pretenders due to COVID-19

The over 60-show trek was to take both bands across North America.

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Journey have announced the cancellation of their 2020 North American tour due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The over 60-show trek across North America – which was to be joined by The Pretenders – was meant to kick off on 15 May at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Ridgefield, Washington.

In a Facebook post addressing the cancellation, the band spoke about their disappointment at having to cancel the tour, but acknowledged that fan safety was of utmost importance. “There is no greater thrill for us than playing for our incredibly devoted audience, but their safety must come first”, they said.

“Having seen what the world has endured during the last 45 days, and not knowing what the rest of this year or 2021 will bring, we knew the right thing to do was to make sure our fans’ health was not put in jeopardy.”

In regards to refunds for the cancelled events, the band wrote that ticket purchasers will be provided with “immediate access to refund options”. The full statement is below.

“There is no greater thrill for us than playing for our incredibly devoted audience, but their safety must come first….

Posted by Journey on Monday, 4 May 2020

The Pretenders – who would have joined Journey on their five-month trek – gave a brief statement about the tour’s cancellation to fans via Facebook, writing: “We are sorry to have to share this news from Journey with you all.”

News of Journey’s tour cancellation joins a growing list of events that have been either cancelled or postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Yesterday (4 May), the Eagles announced the second postponement on their Hotel California tour, while Dead & Company have cancelled their summer touring plans completely.

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