It seems like a strange time to announce a tour. Every week brings more and more concert postponements and cancellations due to the coronavirus, with most shows that had been scheduled for this spring getting pushed into summer and fall.
But a few optimistic artists are announcing new tours.
Among them: Eighties rockers Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, who on Monday announced a concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. The show is scheduled for Aug. 12, with tickets, priced at $49 and up, going on sale Friday. Click here for details.
Ruth Eckerd Hall has postponed or canceled more than 50 events there and at venues like Clearwater’s Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, including some now scheduled to take place in June and July. But it’s also among the very few venues adding shows. Last week, Yes singer Jon Anderson announced a concert at the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre on July 3. Those tickets are now on sale.
“It’s business as usual,” Bobby Rossi, Ruth Eckerd Hall’s executive vice president for entertainment, said recently. “We’ve been putting in offers this morning for events in September, October, that aren’t part of any postponement. They wanted to go out in late summer; that was their plan. It’s good for everybody to be working in that positive environment.”
The next scheduled pop concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall that has not yet been officially postponed is Brit Floyd on May 29.
For a list of all Ruth Eckerd Hall and Bilheimer Capitol Theatre shows impacted by the coronavirus, click here.