Lynyrd Skynyrd Postpone Farewell Tour Dates Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
Southern rock icons Lynyrd Skynyrd are postponing a batch of springtime stops on their 2020 Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour. Shows in March and April are being rescheduled to the fall due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The band were only two shows into the 2020 dates of their farewell tour, which began in May of 2018 and has spanned over 100 U. S. and international shows in total, when they announced that "out of an abundance of caution, the March stops of Lynyrd Skynyrd's Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour are proactively being rescheduled." Since making that announcement on Thursday (March 12), the band has also decided to reschedule any additional slate of shows, the full list of which is below.
All tickets purchased for the original shows will be honored at the rescheduled concerts. Supporting acts for the new dates will be announced soon.
Coronavirus Pandemic: What Country Music Events Are Postponed or Canceled (or Not)?
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday (March 11) officially declared coronavirus a pandemic. According to the WHO, more than 167,000 cases of coronavirus have been reported in more than 110 countries and territories; a total of 6,440 deaths have been reported worldwide as of Sunday night (March 15). In Tennessee specifically, there are 39 confirmed cases, including 17 in Davidson County, as of Sunday.
On Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump announced a travel ban that went into effect on Friday (March 13) at midnight. The ban only applies for foreign nationals, NBC News explains, not U.S. citizens, green card holders or the families of U.S. citizens. Additionally, Ireland and the U.K. are exempt from the travel ban, which applies only to people, not foreign goods or trade.
During his Wednesday night address, Trump also urged Americans to be cautious with their health: to wash their hands and stay home if they're feeling ill, and to get tested for coronavirus if they think they may have it.
Within country music, artists are doing their part by either postponing or canceling both concerts and entire tours, while festival organizers are both rescheduling and canceling springtime events. Among others, the annual Stagecoach festival, usually held in April, will now take place in October, while Zac Brown Band have chosen to delay the remainder of their springtime tour dates. On Sunday, the Academy of Country Music announced the postponement of the 2020 ACM Awards.
Lynyrd Skynyrd, 2020 Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour Rescheduled Dates:
March 13 (now Aug. 14) -- Fresno, Calif. @ Save Mart Center
March 14 (now Oct. 2) -- Reno, Nev. @ Reno Events Center
March 20 (now Oct. 16) -- Tupelo, Miss. @ BancorpSouth Arena
March 21 (now Oct. 17) -- Bossier City, La. @ CenturyLink Center
March 27 (nos Oct. 24) -- Cape Girardeau, Mo. @ Show Me Center
March 28 (now Oct. 23) -- Huntsville, Ala. @ Von Braun Center Arena
April 17 (now Sept. 11) -- Allentown, Pa. @ PPL Center
April 18 (now Sept. 12) -- Providence, R.I. @ Dunkin Donuts Center
April 24 (now Sept. 19) -- Madison, Wisc. @ Coliseum at Alliant Energy Center
April 25 (now Sept. 18) -- Ft. Wayne, Ind. @ Allen County War Memorial