The Jonas Brothers cancelled their upcoming Las Vegas residency Friday, a day after the Nevada governor issued a declaration of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The band’s eight-date residency at the Park MGM – their first-ever Vegas residency – was set to begin on 1 April, but will be cancelled “after careful consideration and growing concern for our fans, touring staff and families’ wellness,” the Jonas Brothers said in a statement.
“We did not make this decision lightly,” the band added. “We were so excited for the opportunity to share an amazing show with you guys, but nothing is more important than everyone’s health and safety. We are sad to disappoint you guys, but it’s important to everyone to do what we can to keep everyone healthy.”
As the number of COVID-19 cases have climbed in Nevada, Las Vegas’ casinos and event spaces have buckled down on mass gatherings. Kelly Clarkson, who was also scheduled to begin her Planet Hollywood residency on 1 April, postponed the launch of her ‘Invincible’ shows until July due to the pandemic. The singer also announced her daytime show had shut down production indefinitely “out of concern and care for everyone’s safety.”
The Jonas Brothers’ Las Vegas residency is the later cancellations and postponement to shake the live music industry. Earlier in the week, concert giants AEG and Live Nation halted their active tours to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Festivals like SXSW, Ultra and Big Ears have cancelled this year’s festivities, while Coachella, Treefort and J. Cole’s Dreamville have been pushed to later in the year.
In a statement on the Dreamville website, festival organisers wrote, “Our team is extremely committed to bringing the event to fruition for all our Dreamville family, and we can’t wait to see everyone in August. We are also very appreciative to the City of Raleigh for helping us find a new date so quickly.” They added that all tickets for the April event will not only be honoured for the August date but can also be refunded via the festival’s website if buyers are unable to attend.