Iron Maiden Call Off Australian Tour Plans After COVID-forced Postponement

1 May 2020 | 11:51 am | Staff Writer

Tickets will be refunded.

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Music legends Iron Maiden have cancelled their Australian tour “due to the current restrictions surrounding live events worldwide”.

The band was originally slated to venture Down Under this month but was forced to postpone due to the COVID pandemic, with fans urged to hold onto their tickets and await new information.

Promoters have now announced that the Australian leg of the Legacy of the Beast Tour, which was set to feature Killswitch Engage, has been cancelled, with tickets being refunded.

Iron Maiden's cancellation follows comments from industry legend Michael Chugg last month, who said: "We definitely won't see any international acts here until next year.

"Personally, I can't see any borders being opened here for at least a year to any countries... my prediction is by the end of the year, New Zealand and Australia will be open to New Zealanders and Australians. Why would you let people in when they've still got the problem?"

A number of international tours have been rescheduled for later this year, including City & Colour, Stormzy and Dream Theater, while Splendour In The Grass is currently slated to go ahead in October.

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Despite punters itching for live music and others ruling out international tours this year, the Health Department told The Music earlier this week that “it is too early to speculate" on what measures will be in place for the rest of 2020.