The Killers‘ drummer Ronnie Vannuci Jr. has confirmed that the band’s UK stadium shows have been postponed until 2021.
The dates, which were due to kick off next month, are the latest to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic which has seen countless social events put on ice amid strict social distancing measures.
The Killers dates, which were due to begin in Norwich on June 1st, will not go ahead. “We’ve been thinking about this for over a year and all of a sudden we’ve had to slam on the brakes,” Vannuci said as part of a post on Instagram live. “It’s definitely postponed, not a cancellation kind of ordeal.”
He added: “We were very early to get the next available dates for next year, we’ve got, I think it’s called a first hold on a lot of things. We say this coming early, or rather our agent Kirk Sommer, who’s a special person in our lives, saw this coming and hopefully we’ll get the jump on it.”
The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of April 12th, more than 1,806,646 cases of COVID-19 have been officially confirmed but the actual number is thought to be much higher due to substantial under-reporting of cases.
With more than 111,733 people having died from the virus, COVID-19 has now spread into more than 180 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and many more. Given the exponential growth in cases in countries like Italy, Spain, Germany, France and the UK, the WHO stated that Europe became the epicentre of the pandemic after the strict lockdown in China saw reduced numbers. Now, however, as the virus continues to spread aggressively across The United States—who have more confirmed cases than any other country—the epicentre of coronavirus is expected to be officially changed to North America.
The Killers postponed tour dates:
01, Norwich, Carrow Road Stadium
03, Southampton, St. Mary’s Stadium
06, London, Emirates Stadium
09, Bristol, Ashton Gate Stadium
11, Coventry, Ricoh Stadium
13, Middlesborough, Riverside Stadium
16, Dublin, Malahide Castle