It was going to be one of the best concert years ever for St. Louis; now everything is canceled or postponed

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This year was going to be one of the best ever for concerts in St. Louis, with marquee bands like the Rolling Stones, Pearl Jam and Rage Against the Machine coming to town and a new amphitheater, St. Louis Music Park, opening in Maryland Heights. But now most concerts are canceled or postponed to 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Concerts scheduled for this spring in St. Louis have been pushed back for the last two months, but now artists are calling off this summer’s concerts too.

Kenny Chesney announced Thursday that his June 13 Busch Stadium concert would happen next year instead. In what was an “incredibly difficult decision to do the one thing he hoped he would not have to do,” his representatives said: He postponed all of this year’s Chillaxification Tour to next year.

This week alone was set to be a good one for St. Louis music fans, with the newly reunited Rage Against the Machine originally slated for their concert at Enterprise Center Saturday night. The also reunited Brooks and Dunn would have performed at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater Friday night. And the Enterprise Center would have been filled with concert-goers seeing The 1975 Thursday night. All have been indefinitely postponed.

Those marquee concerts from the Rolling Stones, Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine and Tool that fans in St. Louis were so excited about are all still indefinitely postponed.

Maroon 5 also postponed its September show with Meghan Trainor set for Hollywood Casino Amphitheater this week, but asked fans to hold onto tickets and they would be honored.

Some acts are canceling rather than postponing. Journey and the Pretenders announced last week that they canceled their entire tour, including the June 26 date at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater. They told fans to “don’t stop believin’,” but chose not to reschedule so that fans could get refunds.

Bon Jovi also canceled its summer tour. The band was set to perform with Bryan Adams at the Enterprise Center July 23.

The Enterprise Center announced last month that Elton John’s July farewell concert will be postponed to sometime in 2021. The concert will be John’s second farewell concert in St. Louis from his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour.

An Enterprise Center spokeswoman said it was a “tough decision” but had to be done for the ongoing outbreak of the coronavirus.

The health of Elton’s fans is of upmost importance,” the spokeswoman said. “Ticketholders of the upcoming performances will receive new event information shortly and all original tickets will be honored at the rescheduled performances.”

Tool postponed its entire upcoming tour, including its slated June 13 performance at Enterprise Center. Tickets already purchased will be good for the new dates.

The band posted on social media, “We hope you and your loved ones are doing as well as possible given the difficult time we all find ourselves in.

As the spread of COVID-19 continues we have made the difficult decision to postpone the remainder of our previously announced Spring 2020 performances. Previously purchased tickets will be honored for the rescheduled performances, which we hope to be able to announce soon.

Stay home, stay healthy and please, wash your hands. – TOOL”

Justin Bieber’s July 13 concert at Enterprise is postponed. Bieber postponed his entire tour.

In light of the current public health crisis, and with the deepest concern for all those being affected, Justin Bieber will be postponing all currently scheduled 2020 dates for The Changes Tour. While Justin – along with his band, dancers and crew – has been hard at work preparing an amazing show, he has always put the health and well-being of his fans first and foremost. Justin is anxiously awaiting the opportunity to get back out on the road and perform in a space that is safe for everyone. He asks that his fans hold on to their tickets, as they will be honored as soon as the dates are rescheduled. Information on rescheduled dates will be forthcoming soon.”