The Who were set to embark of their 2020 UK tour on Monday through April, but have released a statement that it will be postponed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The iconic band wrote on Instagram: “After serious consideration, it is with much regret that THE WHO have postponed their UK tour. [It was] due to start next Monday, March 16th in Manchester at the Manchester Arena and finishing at Wembley SSE Arena on April 8th.”
The Who added: “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 reassured fans that the concerts 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.”
While Pete Townshend admitted the band “haven’t reached this decision easily, but given the concerns about public gatherings, we couldn’t go ahead.”
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He added: “If one fan caught Coronavirus at a WHO concert it would be one too many.”
The statement also clarified that the cancellations meant The Who also would have to postpone a charity gig.
The band said: “Unfortunately, THE WHO will also be unable to appear at the Royal Albert Hall on March 28th as part of the annual Teenage Cancer Trust shows, but intend to reschedule that show also, with more news to follow.”
Here is the full list of The Who’s 2020 UK and Ireland tour dates that will be rescheduled in the future.
Last year, Daltrey slammed the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.
However, the singer did praise Rami Malek’s performance as Freddie Mercury.
According to Metro, the 76-year-old, who is trying to get a movie about The Who’s drummer made said: “I will do the Keith Moon film and that will have a low rating too, that will be the antithesis of Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Praising Malek’s Oscar win despite Bohemian Rhapsody’s production problems, he added: “And I haven’t seen Rocketman but I saw Bohemian Rhapsody and I thought Rami Malek deserved what he got.”