Monday, May 4, 2020

Journey cancel North American tour

Journey has canceled their extensive 2020 tour of North America due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The five-month, 60+ date trek was scheduled to begin May 15 in Ridgefield, WA and run through to a finale in mid-September.

“The global COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting restrictions regarding large gatherings regretfully make it impossible for Journey to tour this year,” says the band. “After carefully reviewing all options, the decision has been made to cancel the entire tour to make it possible for the band's legion of hardworking fans to immediately obtain access to refund options during these unforeseen and extremely challenging times.

“Journey's founding member and guitarist Neal Schon, keyboardist Jonathan Cain and vocalist Arnel Pineda issued a joint statement today: ‘There is no greater thrill for us than playing for our incredibly devoted audience, but their safety must come first. Having seen what the world has endured during the last 45 days, and not knowing what the rest of this year or 2021 will bring, we knew the right thing to do was to make sure our fans' health was not put in jeopardy and to provide immediate access to refund options given the unexpected events caused by this terrible virus.

“We would like to thank all doctors, nurses, police, other first responders and essential workers for their heroic efforts; as well as our fans for doing everything possible to stay safe. We would also like to send The Pretenders our best wishes and hope to see them in the future. We will see everyone again as soon as it is safe to tour, and we will share that news as it becomes available.

“In the meantime, please Don't Stop Believin' in the wonder of life and in each other.’"

“Journey's tour partners at Live Nation will ensure ticket holders will be emailed directly with their refund options including a full refund, or you can request a 150% credit + Live Nation will donate the number of tickets you originally purchased to healthcare workers on the front lines. For more details, visit Thank you for understanding.”

Journey have been making headlines this spring with the firing of longtime bassist Ross Valory and drummer Steve Smith over the pair’s alleged efforts to take control over the band’s name; Valory has since countersued former bandmates Schon and Cain over the issue.

Journey were named the No. 3 Rock Artist Of The Year while also delivering the No. 5 Rock News Story Of The Year as part of the 2019 hennemusic Rock News Awards.
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