Following the latest terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, some musicians touring the country have decided to postpone their concerts tonight. One of those is Blondie, who had booked a special event for tonight.
As they wrote on Facebook, “Out of a mark of respect for the victims of the terrible attack at the Manchester Arena last night, Amazon and Blondie will not go ahead with the Prime Live Event scheduled for tonight at the Round Chapel in Hackney, London. Amazon is working together with Blondie to reschedule the event.”
Take That used similar wording in their announcement. “Out of respect to all of the people and their families that were affected by the horrific incident last night at The Manchester Arena, we have decided to postpone our show tonight in Liverpool. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.”
However, Iron Maiden‘s U.K. tour will go on. In a series of tweets, they wrote, “We are shocked by last night’s terrible events at the Manchester Arena. Our thoughts go out to everyone affected. We can advise fans that our last three UK shows in Cardiff and at London’s O2 will proceed as planned. Of course any extra means to ensure fan safety are being examined with the relevant authorities.”
At approximately 10:30PM local time last night, a man detonated an explosive device inside the arena at the conclusion of Grande’s concert. At press time, 22 people have been killed, with another 59 injured. A 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the attack. Grande has reportedly suspended the remaining dates on her European tour.