The Who’s latest tour, due to start next week, has been postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
The tour was meant to begin in Manchester on Monday (16 March), finishing at Wembley SSE Arena on 8 April however is now being rescheduled for later in the year. All tickets will be honoured.
Roger Daltrey said in a statement to fans that the shows will “definitely happen and it may be the last time we do a tour of this type, so keep those tickets, as the shows will be fantastic.”
Pete Townshend added that the band, ”haven’t reached this decision easily, but given the concerns about public gatherings, we couldn’t go ahead. If one fan caught Coronavirus at a Who concert it would be one too many.”
The Who’s previously announced appearance at the Royal Albert Hall as part of March’s annual Teenage Cancer Trust shows has also been delayed, with the band and organisers intending to reschedule that show as well.
The announcement is the latest in a wave of tour and festival delays and cancellations, following the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus. While the UK is yet to implement “social distancing” measures, it was announced today that the Republic of Ireland will be closing all schools and cancelling all St Patrick’s Day events.