Joe Satriani is postponing the first leg of his Shapeshifting Tour due to COVID-19.
The tour, planned in support of his upcoming album of the same name – arriving 10 April – was first announced in November last year, and was set to kick off on 22 May at Bexhill-on-Sea in England. Following this announcement, the guitarist has shared an accompanying statement on his website:
“The current COVID-19 virus has now reached pandemic proportions and is making daily life for all of us very challenging. As always, my concern for the health and safety of my fans, my band and crew always takes precedence when touring, and now is no exception”, he said.
“I’ve had to make the difficult but necessary decision to postpone the first leg of the European Shapeshifting Tour and we are working to reschedule the shows that are affected. Please hold on to your tickets for the rescheduled tour dates. Let’s band together to beat this virus and rock another day.”
Rescheduled dates for the affected European shows have already been announced for 2021 and are as follows:
09 April – Zurich, Switzerland – Volkshaus Zurich
10 April – Winterbach, Germany – Salierhalle
12 April – Aarhus, Denmark – Train
13 April – Odense, Denmark – Posten
14 April – Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager Bio
15 April – Stockholm, Sweden – Fryshuset
16 April – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
18 April – Mainz, Germany – Rheingoldhalle
19 April – Berlin, Germany – Huxleys
20 April – Nuremberg, Germany – Löwensaal
21 April – Karlsruhe, Germany – Tollhaus
23 April – Antwerp, Belgium – De Roma Borgerhout
24 April – Enschede, Netherlands – Muziekcentrum Enschede
25 April – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
26 April – Heerlen, Netherlands – RABOzaal Heerlen
27 April – Oberhausen, Germany – Turbinenhalle
30 April – Birmingham, UK – Birmingham Symphony Hall
01 May – Bexhill, UK – Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion
02 May – Manchester, UK – Bridgewater Hall
04 May – London, UK – Palladium
05 May – Gateshead, UK – Sage
06 May – Glasgow, UK – O2 Academy
The second leg of the Shapeshifting Tour is still set to begin in Warsaw, Poland on 5 May 2020. However, Satriani’s 7 May show in Vienna has been cancelled, and the show on 6 May in Prague, Czech Republic, has been postponed. The rest of the dates remain unchanged for now.
In a recent interview with Guitar.com, the legend spoke to us about his 30-year career, and why he’s concerned about creating a legacy. “It’s about creating the experience, the art and the love while you’re here”, he said. “There’s no reward, you don’t get a medal at the end – as a matter of fact you drop dead at the end!”
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