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BTS Cancel 2020 Map Of The Soul World Tour Dates Due To COVID-19 Restrictions
All shows for BTS' Map of the Soul 2020 World Tour have been put on hold due to coronavirus concerns. New dates will be announced at a later time, for whenever it is safe to gather huge crowds again. While no one can currently predict exactly when that date will be, the BTS Army received some good news today, in the form of a trailer and release date for the group's new docuseries, "Break The Silence."
"The decision has been made to completely reschedule the 'Map of the Soul' tour, originally scheduled to begin in April 2020," Big Hit Entertainment, the South Korean label who manages the K-pop powerhouse act said today, April 28, via a statement translated by K-pop news outlet Soompi.
The tour was originally slated to begin in their home country in April with four nights in Seoul. Per Soompi, these dates were canceled back in February due to the emerging danger of coronavirus. The North American leg of the tour was set to begin in late April, but those dates were put on hold in late March, to be "rescheduled at a later date." The summer dates across Europe and Japan, previously set to wrap up in September, were still on the books until today.
"This tour involves the participation of staff and crew from around the world as well as global logistics systems. While there are certain countries, regions, and cities where conditions have improved, including Korea, it is difficult to make the decision to begin the tour based on these recent developments. Due to the nature of BTS concerts involving travel by thousands of international fans no matter where the performances are held, it is also difficult to resume the tour with the current strict restrictions on cross-border movement still in place. Moreover, it is impossible at this time to predict when the first performance marking the start of the tour will be able to begin," the statement continued.
"Therefore, we have made the difficult decision to suspend the previously-announced tour schedule and develop a new schedule. Big Hit Entertainment will completely reschedule the tour and provide a new tour schedule to our fans as soon as it becomes clear when the tour can begin. This may require considerable time as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve. However, we will work to ensure that BTS and their fans will be able to meet each other as soon as they can. We will also create new ways for our artists to engage with their fans and respond to the 'New normal' while we wait to resume activities halted by COVID-19."
Earlier this month, the band brought their energy and music (virtually) to fans homes with their streaming home concert series, "BANG BANG CON," where they aired past concerts as far back at 2014. Today, they revealed more exclusive concert footage and behind-the-scenes content is on the way in the form of their new docuseries, set to air on Korean app WeVerse on May 12. You can see all seven smiling faces in the trailer below—where you also get a taste of how massive the crowds they draw really are.
BTS' latest album is Map Of The Soul: 7, released on Feb. 21, the project the tour is in support of. Less than a month before that highly anticiapted fourth studio album dropped, the lovable septet brought "Seoul Town Road" to the 2020 GRAMMYs stage with their fiery performance during Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" spectacular—rewatch it below.