Guns ’N Roses’ upcoming Tampa concert is officially canceled

Other canceled cities include Atlanta, Philadelphia, Arlington, Seattle, and San Francisco.

click to enlarge Guns ’N Roses’ upcoming Tampa concert is officially canceled

This August, Axl and Slash were supposed to share the stage in Tampa Bay for the first time in nearly 30 years. Obviously, COVID-19 led to the show—and Guns ’N Roses’ entire 2020 tour—being postponed indefinitely. But on Tuesday night, the band’s social media posted a message with good news, and bad news, depending on where you are.

The good news? The 2020 summer tour has been rescheduled, set to begin in July 2021. The bad? Tampa’s postponed August 15 show at Raymond James Stadium is one of a select few on the original itinerary that have been canceled outright. Other canceled cities include Atlanta, Philadelphia, Arlington, Seattle, and San Francisco.

The social media announcement, which only briefly mentioned the cancellation of certain shows, put blame on “routing and venue availability issues that developed during the postponement process.” Not that a cancellation involving Axl Rose is unheard of, but this is a bummer for metalheads and arena rock fans alike.

Hopefully, this issue won’t occur when The Rolling Stones reschedule their No Filter Tour, which was also originally scheduled for earlier this month. Unfortunately this could be the start of rolling announcements of postponements becoming cancellations, which might help promoters avoid paying out refunds all at once.

Refunds for the Tampa’s Guns ’N Roses’ concert at Raymond James Stadium should be distributed to ticket holders within the next few days, if not issued already.

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Josh Bradley

Josh Bradley is Creative Loafing Tampa's resident live music freak. He started freelancing with the paper in 2020 at the age of 18, and has since covered, announced, and previewed numerous live shows in Tampa Bay. Check the music section in print and online every week for the latest in local live music.
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