The Who halt UK and Ireland tour due to coronavirus

12 March 2020, 11:53

Roger Daltrey told fans that shows will “definitely happen" at a later date
Roger Daltrey told fans that shows will “definitely happen" at a later date. Picture: Getty

By Asher McShane

Rock band The Who today announced they are postponing their UK and Ireland tour because of coronavirus.

They said they had taken the decision with “much regret” but it was necessary to protect the health of their fans.

The tour was due to start on March 16, finishing at the Wembley SSE Arena on April 8.

The band broke the news on Twitter, writing: "The Who have officially postponed their UK and Ireland Tour 2020."

Organisers issued a statement today saying: “ The fans’ safety is paramount and given the developing Coronavirus situation, the band felt that they had no option but to postpone the shows.

The dates will be rescheduled for later in the year. All tickets will be honoured.”

Roger Daltrey told fans that 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 said “[the band] haven’t reached this decision easily, but given the concerns about public gatherings, we couldn’t go ahead.” 

He added that “if one fan caught Coronavirus at a WHO concert it would be one too many.”

The band also cancelled an appearance at the Royal Albert Hall on March 28th as part of the annual Teenage Cancer Trust shows

The postponed shows are:

March 16 – Manchester Arena

March 18 – Dublin 3 Arena

March 21 – Newcastle Metro Radio Arena

March 23 – Glasgow SSE Hydro Arena

March 25 – Leeds First Direct Arena

March 28 – London Royal Albert Hall (Teenage Cancer Trust show)

March 30 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena

April 1 – Birmingham Resorts World Arena

April 3 – Nottingham Motorpoint Arena

April 6 – Liverpool M&S Bank Arena

April 8 – London SSE Wembley Arena