Heralded French-born progressive metal outfit Gojira have been forced to cancel all of the quartet’s previously announced 2020 shows due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The band’s planned summer trek in support of the Deftones and alongside Poppy had already been called off. The newly affected dates include a slew of European fests such as Denmark’s Copenhell, Netherland’s Pinkpop, Norway’s Tons of Rock and Finland’s Tuska Festival, among others.
The group — singer-guitarist Joe Duplantier and his brother, drummer Mario, guitarist Christian Andreu and bassist Jean-Michel Labadie — broke the news today (June 15th) in a social media post. “Since the emergence of the COVID-19 and subsequent pandemic, we unfortunately are forced to cancel Gojira shows, including headline dates, for the year of 2020,” the band announced. “We are diligently working on a touring schedule for next year, 2021. Although we are not in the position to confirm any shows for this new period at this time, we do hope to have more news for you all in the coming weeks. We are sensitive to the fact that the pandemic has caused hardships for many of you, this is why we decided to cancel our headline shows so you all can receive refunds now.
“Please contact your original point of purchase for refund information. We can no [sic] wait to get back out on the road to play for you all, but until then, please stay safe and be kind to one another!”
Gojira have been hard at work on their next album, the highly anticipated follow-up to 2016’s critically acclaimed Magma. No word on a release date as of yet.