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Justin Bieber performs during the 2016 Purpose World Tour at Staples Center on March 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

Justin Bieber's CHANGES-20 Tour a COVID-19 Tragedy

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By Alyssa McCraw

It was one of the last standing major events amidst the coronavirus pandemic, but Justin Bieber's "Changes" tour has officially bitten the dust - for now. Its supporting album of the same title was his first in almost five years, and the tour itself was his first in almost three years. "Changes" was set to trek across 45 dates at arenas and stadiums around North America.

The Biebs posted the sad announcement via his social media channels on Wednesday, April 2nd.

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"In light of the current public health crisis, and with the deepest concern for all those being affected, Justin Bieber will be postponing all currently scheduled 2020 dates for 'The Changes Tour,'" a statement read. "While Justin — along with his band, dancers and crew — has been hard at work preparing an amazing show, he has always put the health and well-being of his fans first and foremost."

The message closed by assuring Beliebers that their beloved's will return to them at some point in time.

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 02: Justin Bieber performs during his "Believe" Tour at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on August 2, 2013 in New York, New York.
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"Justin is anxiously awaiting the opportunity to get back out on the road and perform in a space that is safe for everyone. He asks that fans hold on to their tickets, as they will be honored as soon as the dates are rescheduled. Information on rescheduled dates will be forthcoming soon."

Alongside this bad (yet expected) news, Justin posted a kind message that came across more personal than the one above...sorry, he kind of lost us with the "third person" thing that was obviously prepared by his team.

Justin Bieber rehearses for his now-axed tour in a dance studio; early March, 2020.
Justin Bieber | Facebook

"The health and safety of my fans, team, cast and crew is the most important thing for me," Bieber affirmed. "The world is a scary place but we will all figure this out together. We held on to these dates as long as we could and I cannot wait to see all of you in person as soon as I can. Be safe and I will hopefully see you soon."

As Variety put it so well, the big tour on Justin's behalf was quite "ambitious."

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 19: Justin Bieber performs on stage during his "Purpose" tour at Madison Square Garden on July 19, 2016 in New York City.
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On March 7, just days prior to the virus' major infiltration, several stadium stops along Bieber's route had to be downgraded into arenas due to poor ticket sales. All of these would-be stadium shows were set for major cities like Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Cleveland, Nashville, Tampa, and Washington D.C.

At the time, TMZ reported that "sources close to Justin say his team made the decision to relocate several tour stops to guarantee they could fill seats instead of performing to a half-empty stadium. The outlet was also "told it's possible he could do multiple shows at one arena."

Better luck next year, Biebs!

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