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Deftones and My Chemical Romance postpone upcoming NZ concerts due to coronavirus concerns

Rock News 13/03/2020

The impact of COVID-19 continues to wreck havoc on the world, with a couple of New Zealand concerts announcing today that they will no longer be touring NZ.

Deftones and My Chemical Romance both announced today that they have postponed their upcoming New Zealand concerts, amid fears of the growing coronavirus pandemic.

In a press release from Deftones band management:

"It is with intense disappointment Fuzen, Storm The Gates and The Rock announce the Deftones New Zealand show, scheduled for Sunday March 15 at Trusts Arena in Auckland, is postponed.

Due to the cancellation of the Download Festival in Australia, all Deftones sideshows, including the Auckland headline show, have been postponed.

All existing tickets will remain valid for the new show, so please stay tuned while we work to reschedule the date. Patrons unable or unwilling to attend the new dates can choose a refund by clicking on the Refund button next to their Deftones ticket order in the My Orders section on Ticket Fairy.  Please go to bit.ly/DEFTONESAKL for more information.

We will email all remaining ticket holders with information on the rescheduled date as soon as this is available."

And from a press release sent out by My Chemical Romance's management:

"We regret to announce that My Chemical Romance will be postponing their New Zealand tour date.

Please see the below statement from the band:

To our dearest friends – 

It is with heavy hearts that we have decided to postpone our performances in Australia and New Zealand. We felt this was the right decision for our fans, our band, our crew, and our families given the current global situation.  We apologize to our fans, but please know that we didn’t come to this decision lightly.

Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to being with you all again as soon as we can.  In the meantime, please be good to each other.  My Chemical Romance

"Currently, we are working on rescheduling the date for Auckland. Purchased tickets for the original date will be valid for the rescheduled dates. For those customers who wish to receive a refund, we will announce details of the refund process once we announce the rescheduled dates."

While this is disappointing news to many, it shouldn't really come as a surprise in the wake of many other international festivals and events pulling pin this week.

Coachella, Tomorrowland, SXSW and Ultra Music Festival have all either cancelled or postponed their events. Pearl Jam have postponed the US and Canadian dates of their Gigaton 2020 tour, and Green Day have cancelled the Asian stops of their Hella Mega Tour. And other artists like Madonna, Mariah Carey and Miley Cyrus have had to cancel some of their tours too.

Shit all round, really.