Cher, America cancel Memphis performances, citing COVID-19 precaution

By Published: March 12, 2020 4:29 PM CT
<strong>Cher, performing during her “Here We Go Again Tour” on Dec. 6, 2019, in Philadelphia, has canceled her Memphis appearance scheduled for Monday, March 16, at FedExForum.</strong>&nbsp;(Owen Sweeney/Invision/Associated Press)

Cher, performing during her “Here We Go Again Tour” on Dec. 6, 2019, in Philadelphia, has canceled her Memphis appearance scheduled for Monday, March 16, at FedExForum. (Owen Sweeney/Invision/Associated Press)

Several touring shows – including Cher’s “Here We Go Again” and the rock band America – have canceled on-the-road operations in an effort to slow the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S.

Cher was scheduled to perform with Nile Rodgers and Chic at FedExForum Monday, March 16. America was due at The Orpheum Theatre Sunday, March 15.

Before entertainment outlets reported Thursday that Cher’s show was canceled, she took to Twitter to express her concerns for the safety of her fans, crew and other performers, amid precautions due to the global pandemic.

“We don’t realize how many (people) we come in contact with. On the bus, we talked about all the (people) we’ve met since this flu started,” the pop legend tweeted late Wednesday night.

“I am so sorry, but your health is paramount,” she wrote. “(Today), I had to go with my gut.”

Chic producer and founder Nile Rodgers uploaded a video to Twitter on Thursday to confirm that he and the other members of the tour were returning home.

“This is the rebound effect of us playing at the same venue today that Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus (in) yesterday,” Rodgers said in the video.

“They’ve closed down our arena, and they have cancelled the rest of the Cher tour. Now, we’re on a plane flying home, and we don’t know what’s going to happen. We’re just trying to be positive, stay safe and do the right thing.”

As of 3 p.m. Thursday, FedExForum officials had not confirmed the cancellation of the show. However, Billboard reported that Live Nation, the entertainment corporation that  organized the tour, had mandated that all of its current global tours postpone or cancel remaining dates, until further notice. 

According to the Live Nation fan support site, ticketholders will receive a phone call by sales representatives, in the event of postponing or rescheduling. By using an online portal, customers may be able to request a refund. Tickets to the original event are valid for the rescheduled event date.

Officials at the Orpheum announced Thursday afternoon that several of their upcoming events will be altered, though not all will be canceled or postponed. Along with the announcement, came a statement from representatives for the Grammy Award-winning band, America.

“In an effort to do our part to help slow the spread of the coronavirus among our fans and the country at large, the band America has made the decision to postpone shows booked for the coming weeks,” the statement read.

“We will do everything possible to reschedule when feasible. We encourage everyone to stay informed and follow the advice of the medical community to keep themselves healthy at this time.”

Similar to Live Nation’s refund policy, the Orpheum Theatre Group and Ticketmaster say they’ll reach out to ticketholders via phone to address cancellation information. Refunds will be issued automatically for customers who bought tickets with a credit card. Customers who paid with cash at the Orpheum box office will have to present their ticket at the box office during business hours to receive a refund.

“Events scheduled at Orpheum Theatre Group venues are often presented by third-party promoters, and every event is managed by many partners around the country,” Orpheum Theatre Group communications manager Kristin Bennett said.

“The Orpheum Theatre Group staff is closely and consistently monitoring information about the virus and its impact. OTG will continue to evaluate procedures according to the guidance of the CDC as well as city and state officials.”

Additional amendments to the upcoming Orpheum Theatre schedule are listed below. Unless noted, postponed events do not have reschedule dates, at this time:

  • Diary of a Wombat, March 14, 10 a.m., Orpheum Theatre: Performing as scheduled with general admission rather than reserved seating. Patrons who no longer wish to attend may request a refund at their original point of purchase.
  • Farewell Angelina, March 14, 7:30 p.m., Halloran Centre: Performing as scheduled. Patrons who no longer wish to attend may request a refund at their original point of purchase.
  • Black Violin, March 21, 7:30 p.m., Orpheum Theatre: Performing as scheduled. Patrons who no longer wish to attend may request a refund at their original point of purchase.
  • Ballet 5:8, March 21, 7 p.m., Halloran Centre: Performing as scheduled. Patrons who no longer wish to attend may request a refund at their original point of purchase.
  • Broadway Season Announcement Event, March 23, 6 p.m., Orpheum Theatre: The free live event has been canceled, but the season will be announced through the Orpheum Theatre Group’s social media platforms at the same date and time.
  • Dinner on Stage, March 23, Orpheum Theatre, 6 p.m.: This event has been postponed; refunds will be issued automatically.
  • Memphis Songwriters Series, March 26, 7 p.m., Halloran Centre: Postponed; no refunds necessary as tickets were cash at door.

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Jared Boyd

Jared Boyd

Jared Boyd is a general assignment reporter with The Daily Memphian who can be found covering just about anything people in the Mid-South might find interesting. His friends call him "Jay B.," and you can, too.


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