Magnum have issued a defiant statement vowing they will NOT cancel their European tour due to the ongoing threat of the coronavirus.
The extensive UK & Ireland leg of Magnum’s European tour kicks off at Glasgow Garage on 18th March and wraps up at London Islington Assembly Hall on Saturday 4th April.
Magnum are then scheduled to play shows across mainland Europe throughout the rest of the spring, including dates in the Italian cities of Milan and Bologna. The whole Italy is currently in lockdown.
Taking to Facebook this morning, Magnum said that despite two members of the band being in their 70s (singer Bob Catley and guitarist Tony Clarkin) and having an average of nearly 60, they will still press ahead with the shows.
Magnum also called on their fans and “every human being around the world to not fall into the trap of allowing fear and misinformation surrounding the virus to prevent them from living their lives to the fullest."
They defiantly signed off their statement “F*** coronavirus.”
Under the title ‘A statement regarding the impact of Covid-19 on the forthcoming tour’, Magnum’s full post reads:
“Let's get this right out there: The band are NOT going to cancel the tour.
“We've been in rehearsal for 3 weeks now. We're all in excellent health. Dennis has been fitting in fantastically and we're looking forward to playing our new material for the first time to as many people as possible.
“We are contractually obliged to play every single show and we intend to do so.
“We'd urge every fan and indeed every human being around the world to not fall into the trap of allowing fear and misinformation surrounding the virus to prevent them from living their lives to the fullest.
“If a band with an average age of nearly 60 are chomping at the bit to get on a tour bus and go and play our hearts out for 3 months solid we sincerely hope that you're not too afraid to come out and see us! Pack these venues out and show us what Magnum fans are made of.
“F&*k Coronavirus. See you on the road.
“Bob, Tony, Rick, Lee, Dennis and all the crew.”
Magnum released their 21st studio album 'The Serpent Rings' on Friday 17th January. It's the first Magnum album to feature Dennis Ward on bass, following the departure of long-time bassist Al Barrow in June 2019.
A statement regarding the impact of Covid-19 on the forthcoming tour Let's get this right out there: The band are NOT...Posted by MAGNUM on Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Yesterday, KISS cancelled all their meet and greets due to coronavirus fears, Pearl Jam postponed their entire North American tour, Coachella Festival in California was postponed until October and Santana axed their European tour including shows in Glasgow, London and Dublin.
Last week, Whitesnake and Michael Schenker Fest both postponed Asian tours due to coronavirus and Queen + Adam Lambert announced their gig at Paris AccorHotels Arena on 26th May 2020 won’t be going ahead as planned.
Sons of Apollo postponed their remaining European tour dates – including a slot at London Islington Assembly Hall on Thursday 19th March - because of the coronavirus.
Iowan masked metallers Slipknot also cancelled their entire Asian tour, including their two headline shows at Knotfest Japan, due to coronavirus.
Other bands who have postponed or axed tour in recent days and weeks include Green Day, Lacuna Coil, Behemoth, Pixies, Trivium and Testament.