James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Justin Bieber postpone tours because of coronavirus; FKA Twigs cancels

FKA Twigs and Usher perform onstage at the 62nd GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA.
FKA Twigs and Usher perform onstage at the 62nd GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA.
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All four were scheduled to perform concerts in San Diego; Browne has been diagnosed with COVID-19


James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Justin Bieber and FKA Twigs are the latest artists to call off their concert tours, including their scheduled San Diego performances, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

No rescheduled dates have been announced yet for Bieber’s tour or the joint concert trek by Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Taylor and Browne.

Twigs, who was scheduled to perform here April 21 at the Balboa Theatre, has canceled that show and her other April West Coast dates. Refunds for her canceled concerts are available at point of purchase.

Browne was recently diagnosed with COVID-19. He and Taylor released a joint statement Friday about their now-postponed joint tour, which was scheduled to include a May 29 Pechanga Arena San Diego concert.

It reads: “As this summer’s tour of 27 towns and cities across the US drew near, we’ve been increasingly excited to hit the road again. So it’s deeply disappointing for both of us to have to call it off and reschedule (and reschedule we WILL)! As we all now realize, COVID-19 is a serious, real and present danger. Moreover, our public health is all of our responsibility. So let us listen to and follow the directions of our public healthcare people and support their efforts in this unprecedented time of global pandemic. Love those around you and, above all, stay safe and healthy.”

Previously purchased tickets for Taylor and Browne’s tour will be honored for all new dates, according to a Taylor representative, and fans “are encouraged to hold onto their tickets.” While the statement does not mention refunds, it does indicate that ticket-holders who have questions should “contact your point of purchase directly.”

Teen-pop idol Bieber was scheduled to perform at Pechanga Arena San Diego on May 26 as part of his North American “The Changes Tour.” It, too, was postponed this week.

A statement issued by AEG/Goldenvoice, the tour’s producer, reads: “In light of the current public health crisis, and with the deepest concern for all those being affected, Justin Bieber will be postponing all currently scheduled 2020 dates for ‘The Changes Tour.’ While Justin — along with his band, dancers and crew — has been hard at work preparing an amazing show, he has always put the health and well-being of his fans first and foremost. Justin is anxiously awaiting the opportunity to get back out on the road and perform in a space that is safe for everyone. He asks that his fans hold on to their tickets, as they will be honored as soon as the dates are rescheduled. Information on rescheduled dates will be forthcoming soon.”