Journey had been scheduled to launch a major North American tour with The Pretenders on May 15 in Ridgefield, Washington, but unfortunately, the trek has now been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
An announcement from Journey members Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain and Arnel Pineda says, “There is no greater thrill for us than playing for our incredibly devoted audience, but their safety must come first. Having seen what the world has endured during the last 45 days, and not knowing what the rest of this year or 2021 will bring, we knew the right thing to do was to make sure our fans’ health was not put in jeopardy and to provide immediate access to refund options given the unexpected events caused by this terrible virus.”
The band mates also extend their thanks to “all doctors, nurses, police, other first responders and essential workers for their heroic efforts; as well as our fans for doing everything possible to stay safe.”
Journey also sends best wishes to The Pretenders, adding that they “hope to see them in the future.”
Schon, Cain and Pineda end their message by saying, “We will see everyone again as soon as it is safe to tour, and we will share that news as it becomes available. In the meantime, please Don’t Stop Believin’ in the wonder of life and in each other.”
Fans can contact Live Nation to explore ticket refund options.
Journey tour’s with The Pretenders was to have featured more than 60 dates and had been scheduled through a September 12 show in Bethel, New York.
The trek would’ve marked the debut of a new Journey lineup, as longtime bassist Ross Valory and drummer Steve Smith were fired from the group earlier this year.
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