As we all know, COVID-19 put quite the damper on just about everything 2020 has had to offer, with shows taking the biggest hit in the midst of it all. From the biggest and baddest summer festivals, to the My Chemical Romance reunion we’ve been waiting seven years for (yeah, 2021 is better than nothing, but we’re still not okay (I promise) ), everything is pretty much a wrap for the rest of the year; and unfortunately, a lot of those anniversary shows we were all looking forward to are amongst the major let downs of the year. Here’s a list of some of the biggest tours that just aren’t happening this year because of the virus:
Armor For Sleep- What to Do When You Are Dead Tour
New Jersey’s own Armor For Sleep announced their 15-year anniversary tour for their sophomore album What to Do When You Are Dead back in February of 2020. Not only was this an anniversary tour, but it was also their ten year reunion tour. Although the band announced on their official Instagram page that they would be postponing the tour back in May, there has been no word on official rescheduled dates. I guess we’ll just have to “Stay on the Ground” until 2021.
Disturbed- The Sickness Tour
In January of 2020, heavy metal band Disturbed announced that they would be touring with Staind and Bad Wolves to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of their album The Sickness. In June, however, the band took to their Instagram to let their fans know that the tour has been pushed to summer 2021. The band released an official statement via their official social media saying:
This is definitely not the “Sound of Silence” we were all looking forward to.
Bayside- 20 Years of Bad Luck Tour
Queens, NY natives Bayside were gearing up to celebrate their 20-year anniversary as a band together this summer after announcing the tour back in February, with plans to tour all over the United States and play a set spanning across their entire discography. The guys were going to be joined by fellow emo pioneers Senses Fail, Hawthorne Heights, as well as emo pop band Can’t Swim. Unfortunately, the tour has been ultimately cancelled, and no dates have been set to be rescheduled. Guess we can say this tour just “Don’t Exist” anymore, right?
Papa Roach- ‘Infest’ Tour
Back in summer of 2019, Papa Roach’s lead vocalist Jacoby Shaddix announced that the band would be celebrating their 20-year anniversary of their iconic sophomore album Infest. Although there was never a chance for the band to announce an official tour, the guys did a very special livestream set of the 20 year old album earlier this month entitled “Infest in Studio”, which is available on demand for a limited time right now! Papa Roach made sure they didn’t leave their fans hanging on this one, even if they had to use their “Last Resort.”
Silverstein- 20th Anniversary Tour
In 2019, Emo powerhouses Silverstein announced that they would be hitting the road in 2020 to celebrate their 20-year anniversary as a band together. They were going to be doing a whopping three sets in one, performing their greatest hits, all of Discovering the Waterfront, and an acoustic set. The band were set to be touring alongside pop punk band Four Year Strong and I, The Mighty. The tour originally kicked off at the end of February, but the remainder of the tour was ultimately cancelled for the rest of 2020. Luckily for the fans that were unable to see them this year, the remainder of the tour has been pushed to February/March of 2021, and they have announced new European dates as well!
This tour wasn’t totally “Smashed into Pieces”, and for that we are thankful.
Circa Survive- Blue Sky Noise 10-Year Anniversary Tour
Alternative rock band Circa Survive announced that they would be touring the United States and Canada in the spring of 2020 to commemorate their 10-year anniversary of their 2010 full length album Blue Sky Noise. According to the official band Instagram, as of now, their tour has officially been pushed to early 2021, and they will be taking Gouge Away along with them. We really hope this all passes soon, because everything feels like “Fever Dreams”, if you ask me.
Alkaline Trio x Bad Religion- 40th Anniversary Tour
Legendary punks Bad Religion were set to hit the road in 2020 to ring in their 40-year anniversary as a band after announcing their tour in December 2019. The band was set to tour from March to April across the United States with co-headliners, the also forever iconic punk band Alkaline Trio. Bad Religion released a statement via Instagram in late April stating:
Unfortunately, the band has not announced any rescheduled dates as of now. On the bright side, it’s better that we all stay safe and don’t get “Infected”.
We Came as Romans- ‘To Plant a Seed’ 10-Year Anniversary Tour
The ever so popular metalcore group We Came as Romans announced their To Plant a Seed 10-year anniversary tour back in December of 2019. The band announced that they would be touring with special guests the very talented Dayseeker, Gideon and last but not least The Devil Wears Prada. Although the tour was able to officially kick off, after a few stops the shows were ultimately put on hold. The band announced earlier this month that the remaining tour dates had been rescheduled to February of 2021! Fear not metalcore fans, “Dreams” really do come true.
Foo Fighters- 2020 Van Tour
The legendary Foo Fighters were planning on touring for their 25-year anniversary this spring. Grohl and the gang were going to all the same spots they visited on their very first tour 25 years prior, but due to the current state of the world the band announced via social media that they would be postponing their very special anniversary tour until December 2020 as of now. Grohl took to the bands social media platforms to release a statement in the most Dave Grohl way possible, stating:
“Hi, this is Dave. Remember me? The guy who wouldn’t even postpone a show when my goddamn leg was falling off? Well, Playing a gig with a sock full of broken bones is one thing, but playing a show when YOUR health and safety is in jeopardy is another, We f—-n’ love you guys. So let do this right and rain check s–t. The SECOND we are given the go ahead, we’ll come tear s–t up like we always do. Promise, now go wash your hands.”
Guess we won’t be waiting “Everlong” as we thought for this tour to start up again. Dave Grohl, you’re my hero.
Have any other anniversary tours in mind that didn’t make the list? Leave your comments below!