Coronavirus Impact On Classic Rock

We’ve been keeping you up to date on the Covid 19 Coronavirus and what’s happening with concerts.

A few days ago the South By Southwest Festival was cancelled in Austin Texas.  The city of  Austin said they expected they were going to lose $300 Million or more.  In an email sent out last week, SxSW organizers said, “2020 registrants can opt to defer their registration to 2021, 2022, or 2023,” with details to come in the following days. The email added, “You don’t need to take immediate action regarding your 2020 registration. It will remain in our system for future opportunities that will be available to you.”

Today even more news about postponements and cancellations.  Santana issued a statement that they will cancel their European dates.  And following intense speculation, the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival has now been officially postponed, along with its sister country music event, Stagecoach.

Coachella, which was set to take place in Indio, California, on the weekends of April 10th and April 17th, will now be held on the weekends of October 9th and October 16th. There’s no word yet on whether the lineup, which was supposed to include a headlining performance from Rage Against The Machine, will remain intact.

In other news, Guns N’ Roses have canceled a March 18th concert in San Jose, Costa Rica due to concerns about the virus.  Other acts who have canceled tours here and abroad include Pearl Jam, Green Day and Slipknot.

The other news today is that Kiss will suspend all meet and greets with fans for the time being.  The video below is an example of what Kiss fans will be missing.