Coronavirus: My Chemical Romance, Deftones Auckland concerts postponed

My Chemical Romance.
My Chemical Romance. Photo credit: Reuters

Two upcoming rock concerts in Auckland have been postponed as the coronavirus pandemic rages on and refunds are being offered to people who have bought tickets.

My Chemical Romance were set to play the Outer Fields at Western Springs on March 25 while Deftones were set to play the Trusts Arena on March 15.

The move comes after it was confirmed that one of the five people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in New Zealand so far was a man who attended a Tool concert at Auckland's Spark Arena on February 28.

The promoter of the My Chemical Romance concert advises: "Purchased tickets for the original date will be valid for the rescheduled dates. For those customers who wish to receive a refund, we will announce details of the refund process once we announce the rescheduled dates."

The promoter of the Detones concert advises: "All existing tickets will remain valid for the new show, so please stay tuned while we work to reschedule the date. Patrons unable or unwilling to attend the new dates can obtain a refund from the point of purchase."

"It is with heavy hearts that we have decided to postpone our performances in Australia and New Zealand," My Chemical Romance said in a statement.

"We felt this was the right decision for our fans, our band, our crew, and our families given the current global situation. We apologise to our fans, but please know that we didn’t come to this decision lightly.

"Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to being with you all again as soon as we can.  In the meantime, please be good to each other."

Early 2000s emo rockers My Chemical Romance last performed in New Zealand 13 years ago.

Their sold-out Western Springs show was to feature US band Jimmy Eat World and be supported by local acts Midnight Youth and Miss June.

Deftones Auckland concert postponed.
Sunday's concert was set to be Deftones' sixth in Aotearoa. Photo credit: Getty

Californian alternative metal group Deftones are behind hits that include 'Passenger' and 'My Own Summer'. The five-piece band were last in Aotearoa for the 2014 Big Day Out.

That was the Grammy Award-winners' third time performing at the Big Day Out in New Zealand, but they'd previously played at Auckland's Powerstation in 1999 and at the Vans Warped Tour at Waihi Beach in 1998.

The postponements have been announced a day after the Pixies postponed their remaining shows in Australia after playing at Auckland's Spark Arena on March 6.

Other artists set to perform in New Zealand in the coming months include Iron Maiden, Tame Impala, The Offspring, Faith No More, Backstreet Boys, Alanis Morissette and Lenny Kravitz.