Avril Lavigne announced this afternoon that she has cancelled her ‘Head Above Water’ tour dates in Europe following the U.S.-imposed travel ban and local government restrictions banning large public gatherings to combat the spread of the corona virus.
The singer-songwriter, who was raised in nearby Napanee, posted to social media:
A heartfelt message to my fans: As you all are aware, governments across Europe have continued to impose restrictions banning large public gatherings because of the continued spread of the coronavirus. Now the United States of America has implemented its own travel ban.
With these restrictions in place it means that I am no longer able to bring the Head Above Water Tour to Europe and the United Kingdom. And it sucks! I have been looking forward to this tour for so long. For the opportunity to reconnect with my amazing, supportive fans.
My main concern continues to be your health and safety and I want to come back and rock out with you at another time when everyone can enjoy the shows without worry. Sending you all so much love.
IMPORTANT TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT pic.twitter.com/LpMijo8AsG
— Avril Lavigne (@AvrilLavigne) March 12, 2020
Today’s announcement follows cancellations specific to Italy and France on March 5, postponing tour dates in Asia on February 29 (below) and the first announced tour cancellation on February 28 for Switzerland.
The ‘Head Above Water‘ album was Lavigne’s first release in six years and its tour – which included multiple sold-out shows before the cancellations – is the first since she was diagnosed with Lyme Disease.
Image – Screencap: Head Above Water video