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Zac Brown, Pearl Jam and more postpone tours

Several music artists, including Zac Brown Band, Pearl Jam, Madonna and Pentatonix are nixing or postponing their tours amid coronavirus concerns. 

Late Tuesday, Zac Brown Band announced it was postponing the spring leg of its “The Owl Tour.” In a social media post, the band said it made the decision “out of caution and due to increasing public health concerns.” Tickets for the original dates will be honored at the rescheduled shows, which have yet to be announced. 

Madonna, 61, announced on her website Monday that her March 10-11 Madame X shows in Paris are cancelled now that France has banned events with more than 1,000 people in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

“Following official notification from the Office of the Police this morning prohibiting all events with an audience attendance of over 1000, Live Nation regrets to announce the final two Madame X performances previously re-scheduled to 10-March and 11-March are forced to be cancelled,” reads a statement. “Tickets are refundable at point of purchase. We regret the disappointment to fans.”

France reported 1,784 cases as of Wednesday, the second-largest number of cases in Europe after Italy. So far, 33 people in France have died.

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Madonna has cancelled the last two stops of her latest tour in France after the country said it was banning events of more than 1,000 people to limit the spread of coronavirus.

Madonna wasn’t alone in canceling her tour stops for safety concerns. Pearl Jam soon followed suit Monday, announcing the postponement of its North American tour. 

“As residents of the city of Seattle, we’ve been hit hard and have witnessed firsthand how quickly these disastrous situations can escalate,” the rock band tweeted. “Our kids’ schools have closed along with universities and businesses.”

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