Global concert industry in flux as coronavirus spreads
We don’t take sick days.”“Once you’re on a tour like this, you’re in contact with thousands of people. Andrew Cuomo said the state would ban all gatherings with 500 or more people to battle the coronavirus. That’s a concern for the festival business and destination festivals, where people come from all over the country, if not the world,” Waddell said. Pollstar’s Waddell said that people are going to concerts more than ever and the live performance industry is flourishing. ...It’s unfortunate that a wrench gets thrown into that scenario, which has been so positive for touring artists at a time when touring revenue is the most important part of a career,” he said.
Avril Lavigne launching her first tour in 5 years
(CNN) - Avril Lavigne is hitting the stage again and helping others at the same time. The 34-year-old singer has announced her first North American tour in five years. Her "Head Above Water" tour will run for 15 dates, kicking off in Seattle on September 14 and wrapping up on October 11 in Philadelphia. Lavigne announced the tour Monday on her official Instagram account. According to Rolling Stone Magazine, one dollar from every ticket purchased will go to benefit the Avril Lavigne Foundation, which supports people with Lyme disease, serious illnesses or disabilities.