Saxon frontman Biff Byford has tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, the band’s remaining European dates have been cancelled. The group commented:
“We are very sorry, but due to Biff Byford catching Covid whilst on tour, the remaining European dates in Dresden, Linz and Ulm are cancelled and we are looking to reschedule them as soon as possible. Again we are very sorry for all the inconvenience this causes but is way beyond anyone’s control. Keep the Faith 🤘🏻”
Following recent rumors, Spiritbox have officially confirmed that they have dropped off their tour with Falling In Reverse and Ice Nine Kills. The band, who were previously set to appear on select dates of that run, made the move after facing backlash from fans who were upset with them for taking part in the tour despite the past abuse allegations against Falling In Reverse frontman Ronnie Radke. Crown The Empire, who are also performing on select dates, were also brought up due to the abuse allegations against their guitarist Brandon Hoover. This latest news also comes after Spiritbox singer Courtney LaPlante previously took a stand against nonconsensual actions made by artists within the scene. Spiritbox issued the following statement:
“We have withdrawn from the 6 shows we were scheduled to perform on the Popular Monstour.”
Pantera have been removed from the Rock am Ring and Rock im Park festivals in Nürburgring and Nürnberg, Germany due to frontman Phil Anselmo‘s infamous “white power” chant and Nazi salute at the 2016 Dimebash. The location of the events also played a role, considering the fact that Nürnberg infamously served as a site for Nazi rallies between 1933 and 1938.
The following statement was issued:
“Pantera will not be performing at Rock in the Park and Rock in the Ring 2023, as announced. In the last few weeks, we have had many intensive conversations with artists, our partners and you, the festival fans, we have continued to deal with the criticism together and decided to remove the band from the program.”
According to Blabbermouth, the festivals were also called out by the German Green Party, who said Anselmo “repeatedly and deliberately made Nazi gestures and yelled racist slogans.” Réka Lörincz, the spokeswoman for the Greens against racism and right-wing extremism, also added that “the former Nazi party premises” were “being deliberately misused for the staging and reproduction of racist and inhuman ideology.”
Aerosmith have officially cancelled their remaining Las Vegas dates. The band issued the following statement:
“To all our fans… We are so sorry to announce we are cancelling these last two Las Vegas Shows. On the advice of doctors, Steven [Tyler] has to sit these out. Stay healthy and we’ll see you in the new year! Tickets purchased through Ticketmaster.com will be automatically refunded. All other refunds will be available at point of purchase.”
Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard have cancelled their shows in Curitiba, Brazil and Porto Alegre, Brazil due to “logistical issues.” Despite this, their March 7 concert in São Paulo, Brazil will continue as planned.
The following statement was issued [via Google Translate]:
“For production and logistical reasons, the Mötley Crüe & Def Leppard: The World Tour 2023 shows in Curitiba and Porto Alegre, scheduled for March 9 and 11, 2023, were cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this update.
Tickets purchased through the website www.eventim.com.br will be automatically refunded. For tickets purchased in person at the box office or official point of sale, visit https://www.eventim.com.br/funcionamentopdvs for refund information. Full refund details can be found at www.eventim.com.br.
The tour show in São Paulo will take place normally. Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe thank you for your support and understanding.”
Jane’s Addiction have dropped off their immediate live dates with Smashing Pumpkins and Poppy due to an injury that was sustained by frontman Perry Farrell. During their absence, Our Lady Peace will be filling in.
Farrell issued the following statement:
“Friends and lovers, the tour so far has been an absolute blast. Filled with so much joy, and rock vibes. I’ve loved seeing all your faces, hearing you sing with us and feeling the love and energy from each and every one of you. Especially all the people from my generation, and there’s been a lot of youngsters I have enjoyed speaking to. Good times.
I’d like to address a lot of the comments and give you all an update.
After Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, I suffered an injury that resulted in my inability to perform. I have since been in pain and discomfort and have been receiving rigorous physio therapy that has done wonders.
Due to doctors orders, we regrettably and forcibly have to cancel the following shows, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, as well as Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City. Our friends, Our Lady Peace will be covering the next three shows as we aim to rejoin the tour this Saturday in Cleveland.
I am filled with sadness and frustration to have to announce this, but I have to mend in order to continue the tour and get back on stage.
Thank you for your understanding.”
Wednesday 13 has cancelled the remaining dates on his North American tour “due to an urgent personal matter.” The frontman said the following about that:
“Due to an urgent personal matter that requires returning home, the remaining WEDNESDAY 13 shows after tonight’s show in San Antonio will be cancelled. Apologies to everyone, we hope to able to return to play for you soon.~Wednesday”
Sevendust have cancelled their upcoming shows in St. Petersburg and Ft. Lauderdale, FL due to Hurricane Ian. Despite this, the band still have the following dates booked:
09/28 Jacksonville, FL – Underbelly
09/29 Destin, FL – Club LA
09/30 Destin, FL – Club LA
10/01 New Orleans, LA – The Fillmore
The group commented:
“Out of an abundance of caution, Sevendust will be cancelling their upcoming shows in St. Petersburg and Ft. Lauderdale due to the impending hurricane. Refunds are available at point of purchase. We have added two pop up shows that are on sale now, Jacksonville 9/28 and Destin 9/29.”
Leprous have cancelled their upcoming 20th anniversary shows in the U.S. Furthermore, the band have also revealed that bassist Simen Børven will be sitting out their tour with Apocalyptica and Wheel.
The group commented:
“This is a statement you’ve never heard from Leprous, and hopefully won’t have to hear again. We’ve had no choice but to cancel the 20th anniversary shows in the USA as Simen Børven won’t be able to join us on this tour due to private health related issues in his close family.
This is a very special show that we simply can’t do without Simen, and therefore we have no choice but pulling the plug. All tickets will of course be refunded. The shows with Apocalyptica and Wheel will still go on as planned, and Simen has pre-recorded all his bass for that show!”
“Hey guys. As much as I would like to tour the US a second time around this year – supporting Apocalyptica with my brothers in Leprous – I’ve made the hard choice of staying home from this tour, due to private health related reasons in my family.
As a family man, being on the road can be a challenging experience. Even though this nomadic lifestyle is a choice we’ve made together as a family, it puts us in a vulnerable position in some uncontrollable aspects of life – especially in regards to health. I’m thankful to the guys in Leprous for understanding our situation, and we wish them the best of luck in touring the great US of A ❤️
(On a lighter note: Luckily I’m just the bass player – It’s not like you’ll notice my absence anyways.. 😂)
Peace out✌️and see you in 🇧🇪 15th October”
Anthrax have cancelled their fall European dates. Despite this, the band’s UK shows with Municipal Waste and Sworn Enemy will continue as planned. Anthrax commented:
“Sadly due to ongoing logistical issues and 2022 costs that are out of our control, we have no other option but to cancel the European leg of our upcoming 2022 tour. We will however be coming to the UK as scheduled.
Tickets can be refunded at point of purchase.”
09/27 Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy
09/29 Manchester, UK – Academy
09/30 Glasgow, UK – O2 Academy
10/01 Newcastle, UK – O2 City Hall
10/03 Leeds, UK – O2 Academy
10/04 Nottingham, UK – Rock City
10/06 Bristol, UK – O2 Academy
10/08 London, UK – Brixton Academy
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