The Killers have confirmed their planned UK and Ireland tour, which was set to kick off in late May, has been postponed because of the coronavirus crisis.
Addressing fans via Instagram Live, the American band’s drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr. shared the news the coronavirus outbreak has put the nine-date run of shows on hold.
He said: "This thing keeps growing. Our first stop is the UK. This is what we've been preparing for.
“We’ve been thinking about this for over a year and all of a sudden we’ve had to slam on the brakes."
What should I do if I had tickets?
The 'Imploding The Mirage' tour was set to visit a number of UK stadiums this summer, but “it’s definitely postponed, not a cancellation kind of ordeal," said the drummer.
All dates have been rescheduled, with existing tickets remaining valid.
The Killers’ rescheduled UK and Ireland tour dates for 2021 are below. All existing tickets remain valid.
- 25 May - Doncaster, Keepmoat Stadium
- 27 May - Bristol, Ashton Gate Stadium
- 29 May - Coventry, Ricoh Stadium
- 31 May - Southampton, St. Mary's Stadium
- 2 June - Norwich, Carrow Road Stadium
- 4 June - London, Emirates Stadium
- 5 June - London, Emirates Stadium
- 8 June - Falkirk, The Falkirk Stadium
- 10 June - Middlesbrough, Riverside Stadium
- 12 June - Manchester, Emirates Old Trafford
- 15 June - Dublin, Malahide Castle
- 16 June - Dublin, Malahide Castle
The Killers will be joined by special guests Blossoms, Sam Fender and Manic Street Preachers on select dates.
“We were very early to get the next available dates for next year," said, Vannucci Jr., "we’ve got, I think it’s called a first hold on a lot of things.
“We saw this coming early, or rather our agent Kirk Sommer, who’s a special person in our lives, saw this coming and hopefully we’ll get the jump on it.”
A statement from the band on social media said “the news is changing every hour around coronavirus,” and that they want their fans “to stay focused on prevention and remaining safe and cautious right now”.
The group also announced a portion of their ticketing income will go to local charity organisations in the cities they’re playing.
When is the new album released?
The tour is in support of new album 'Imploding The Mirage', their sixth studio album and their first since 2017.
The album was originally due for release on 29 May, but “will be receiving a new release date in the coming weeks due to delays in finalising the album,” according to a statement.
“I wouldn’t call this a concept album," drummer Vannucci Jr. told NME, "but we’re starting to see the threads of a concept, and we’re having fun with it.
"I don’t wanna say for sure what the concept is, but I’d say this is more fun, a little bit more up and I love that.
"Brandon and I... have been having fun with the fact that we don’t have our guitar player, we don’t have our bass player with us, so it sounds different."
“We’ve been in Utah doing it,” said front man Brandon Flowers. “That’s where I fell in love with music for the first time; so it’s interesting to be there again and hear some of that music with the geography matching the sensation.
“Some of that stuff is starting to resurface and a lot of that had to do with synthesiser music. It’s always been part of our DNA but it’s definitely creeping up.”
The band - who formed in 2001 and have released five consecutive chart-topping albums - played a triumphant headline set at Glastonbury earlier in 2019, which delivered one of the biggest singalongs of the weekend in indie banger, 'Mr. Brightside.'