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Shelton, Reba, Aldean postpone dates due to coronavirus

Thursday, March 12, 2020 – The list of country artists postponing upcoming tour dates due to coronavirus grew as the day wore on.

Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire and Jason Aldean joined Kenny Chesney and Dan + Shay, who also delayed their tours.

Shelton will postpone the final two weekends of his Friends and Heroes 2020 Tour, beginning tonight in Omaha. Previously purchased tickets for the five remaining dates will be honored at the to-be-announced rescheduled dates in spring 2021, and refunds will be available at the point of purchase.

"Omaha, I'm here in your city with my friends and heroes and am ready to play a show for you, but for all the right reasons - chiefly everyone's safety and well-being - we have to reschedule tonight and the rest of the tour," said Shelton. "Please take care of yourself and your loved ones. You can bet we'll see you back here soon.,"

Postponed dates were:
March 12 - Omaha, NE - CHI Health Center
March 13 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
March 19 - Rosemont, IL - Allstate Arena
March 20 - Milwaukee, WI, Fiserv Forum
March 21 - Detroit, MI - Little Caesars Arena

Aldean's We Back Tour rescheduled this weekend's stops in the Midwest to now play Aug. 7 in Columbia, Mo., Aug. 8 in St. Paul, Minn. And Aug. 9 in Madison, Wisc." out of an abundance of caution," he said on his website.

McEntire postponed her upcoming arena tour, originally scheduled to launch next weekend. The newly rescheduled dates begin July 9 in Huntsville, Ala. and wrap August 8 in Evansville, Ind. Previously purchased tickets will be honored for all dates.

"For the safety of everyone, we have decided to postpone our new arena tour until July," the singer said. "Most importantly, stay safe and take care of you and your loved ones. We'll get through this together."

New dates are:
July 9 - Huntsville, AL - Von Braun Center Arena
July 10 - Duluth, GA - Infinite Energy Center
July 11 - Biloxi, MS - Mississippi Coast Coliseum
July 16 - Pittsburgh, PA - PPG Paints Arena
July 17 - Toledo, OH - Huntington Center
July 18 - Bethlehem, PA - Wind Creek Event Center
July 23 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
July 24 - Rosemont, IL - Allstate Arena
July 31 - Green Bay, WI - Resch Center
Aug. 1 - Sioux Falls, SD - Denny Sanford Premier Center
Aug. 6 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena
Aug. 7 - Peoria, IL - Peoria Civic Center
Aug. 8 - Evansville, IN - Ford Center

The C2C: Country to Country music festival in London, Dublin and Glasgow was postponed to unknown dates. Headliners Eric Church, Luke Combs and Darius Rucker were to kick off the festivities on Friday. "Thank you all for your understanding and patience at this very difficult time. C2C and its organizers apologize wholeheartedly for the time to work through the issues to get this statement out," the festival organizers said in the statement. Old Dominion had pulled out of the festival last week.

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