Journey Has Canceled 2020 North American Tour With The Pretenders

Journey has shelved its 2020 touring plans due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The 60-date tour was scheduled to begin Friday, May 15, in Washington State, but the band confirmed Monday that the plans could not move forward.

"There is no greater thrill for us than playing for our incredibly devoted audience, but their safety must come first," read a statement from the band's remaining three members, Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain and Arnel Pineda. "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."

Journey's statement echoes reasoning given last month by Bon Jovi during its own cancellation announcement.

The band continued, thanking healthcare professionals, first responders and essential workers for their heroic efforts during the COVID-19 crisis. Journey urged fans to continue staying safe and extended "best wishes" to the band's planned touring partners The Pretenders.

"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."

Journey performed sparingly in 2019. The band's prior tours were marred by behind-the-scenes friction that culminated this past winter with the firing of co-founding bassist Ross Valory and longtime drummer Steve Smith over an alleged "corporate coup" attempt in one of the band's companies.

Lawsuits have been exchanged and it seems pretty clear that Journey will look different next time it takes the stage.

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