Justin Bieber, Pearl Jam Announce Rescheduled Tour Dates for 2021 — Too Soon?

Rescheduled Tour Dates 2021
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Justin Bieber and Pearl Jam have announced rescheduled tour dates for 2021 concerts.

The Justin Bieber World Tour was slated to begin this May, but it was quickly postponed because of COVID-19. Now AEG Presents says the 45-date tour will kick off next year on June 2nd, 2021, in San Diego. Nineteen new dates were added to the tour to accommodate the rescheduling. Tickets for the tour will go on sale on August 6th.

Kehlani and Jaden Smith were initially supposed to support on tour. However, they will not be a part of the rescheduled tour dates in 2021. New supporting acts for the rescheduled dates will be announced in the future. Bieber’s New World Tour will visit Chicago, Boston, New York City, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Detroit, Miami, Houston, Nashville, and will wrap up in Sacramento on August 15th, 2021.

Pearl Jam also missed taking their new album, Gigaton, on the road. Now they’ve announced rescheduled tour dates in 2021 for the European leg of the tour, with two additional dates added. The band has yet to reschedule its North American tour dates. Meanwhile, the COVID-19 situation in the United States continues to worsen, with 4 million confirmed cases.

Pearl Jam Rescheduled Tour Dates 2021 – European Leg

  • 6/16 – Amsterdam, NL
  • 6/17 – Amsterdam, NL
  • 6/20 – Landgraaf, NL
  • 6/23 – Berlin, DE
  • 6/26 – Imola, IT
  • 6/29 – Zurich, CH
  • 7/01 – Werchter, BE
  • 7/04 – Stockholm, SE
  • 7/06 – Copenhagen, DK
  • 7/14 – Budapest, HU
  • 7/16 – Frankfurt, DE
  • 7/18 – Paris, FR
  • 7/21 – Vienna, AT
  • 7/23 – Krakow, PL
  • 7/26 – Prague, CZ

Both mega-tours have put stakes in the ground. But is 2021 still too soon?

A report from medical experts in Australia suggests music festivals shouldn’t return until 2022 or later (music festivals are in the last tier of re-opening for Australia). That means organizers are unlikely to get approval for an event before a COVID-19 vaccine is available, though countries like the UK are approving outdoor events (and even indoor events with proper precautions).

The long-term impact is likely to be dire. Larger festivals with financial backers will weather the storm, but smaller niche festivals may die out. Many artists who postponed their 2020 tours have yet to reschedule their new dates, with a nervous wait-and-see currently taking place.

The United States is well into four million confirmed cases, with numbers steadily rising. The last million milestone was achieved in just 15 days – it took 99 days to reach the first million. The sheer number of rising cases has many states looking at implementing mask-wearing mandates and perhaps returning to lockdown. If this is what re-opening bars and restaurants does to the United States, what will large events like music festivals do?

2 Responses

  1. Minnie

    Hope on the horizon. This is a good thing. If the world isn’t ready mid-next year, they can always re-adjust the dates again.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly! However, DMN opinion seems to have an agenda against live music. I suppose they are making their brand a purely digital PR vehicle.