Concerts cancelled, filming of movies postponed because coronavirus concern


    Rock band Green Day on Friday called off all of the Asian shows in its upcoming world tour because of the coronavirus outbreak, the latest music act to pull back from performances in the region.

    The punk band’s Hella Mega tour was planned to have taken them to Singapore, Bangkok, Manila, Taipei, Hong Kong, Seoul, Osaka and Tokyo in early March, before a European leg due to kick off in Moscow in May.

    “We have unfortunately made the difficult decision to postpone our upcoming shows in Asia due to the health + travel concerns with coronavirus. We know it sucks, as we were looking forward to seeing you all, but hold on to your tickets we’ll be announcing the new dates very soon,” Green Day said in a statement on its official website.

    The move followed the decision by South Korean boy band BTS – the biggest K-POP band in the world – to cancel four concerts in Seoul’s Olympic stadium in April that were due to kick off its latest world tour, citing concerns over coronavirus.

    BTS is currently still scheduled to perform several dates in California in late April.

    Last week, British rapper Stormzy and American R&B singer Khalid also postponed all the Asian concerts on their tours from late March to mid April that would have taken them to cities including Jakarta, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Seoul.

    Meanwhile, filming of Netflix Inc’s big-budget Dwayne Johnson movie “Red Notice” had been scheduled to move to Italy in the coming weeks, but producers now are exploring other locations due to the coronavirus outbreak in the country, a source close to the production told Reuters on Friday.

    The possibility of relocating that portion of the production is not expected to force a hiatus in filming of the movie, which also stars “Deadpool” actor Ryan Reynolds and “Wonder Woman” actress Gal Gadot, the source said. Netflix has not announced a release date, and the company had no comment on production locations.

    “Red Notice” is a global crime thriller about an Interpol agent who tracks the world’s most-wanted art thief. It is among the streaming service’s most-expensive movies to date with a budget of roughly $160 million, Hollywood trade publication Variety reported.

    Production on “Red Notice” is currently underway in Atlanta, the location that had been planned to host the bulk of filming.

    The US State Department late on Friday said Americans should reconsider travel to Italy due to the coronavirus outbreak there. “Red Notice” is among a handful of Hollywood productions affected by the virus.

    Producers of the CBS television global competition show “The Amazing Race” said on Friday they had temporarily suspended filming of a new season.

    And a planned three-week shoot in Venice, Italy, for Tom Cruise’s new “Mission: Impossible” film has been postponed due to the outbreak, Paramount Pictures said last week. – Reuters