Justin Bieber cancels world tour: What do we know? Reasons, new dates, ticket reimbursements...
The Justice World Tour was supposed to kick off in 2020 but covid caused its postponement twice. Now a new ailment affecting Bieber forced its cancelation.
It would appear that the Justice World Tour is jinxed. Justin Bieber and crew had planned to kick off the world tour in May 2020 but unless you’ve been living under a rock you know why it was postponed the first time. Due to varying restrictions from state to state to control the ongoing pandemic the tour was once again postponed the following year.
So fans were elated when it was finally going to happen, being able to at last hear live in person material from both his 2020 Changes and 2021 Justice albums. However, fate can be cruel. The heart broken Canadian singer has had to postpone the rest of his tour through March 2023 due to a worsening sickness.
Bieber: “I need to make my health the priority right now”
The Justice World Tour finally kicked off on 18 February 2022 in San Diego with seven additional arena shows for a total of 52 total dates. But Bieber was forced to postpone concerts in mid-June due to his battle with Ramsay Hunt syndrome which he revealed he had earlier the same month. After resting and consulting with his doctors, the singer got back on the stage at the end of July and performed six concerts in Europe “which took a real toll” on him.
The final straw came after his live performance at Rock in Rio 4 September. “I gave everything I have to my the people in Brazil,” Bieber posted on Twitter. However, he added, “After getting off the stage, the exhaustion overtook me and I realized that I need to make my health the priority right now. So I’m going to take a break from the touring for the time being. I’m hoping to be ok, but I need time to rest and get better.”
Despite his wishes to resume his Justice World Tour it was announced on Thursday in a Instagram post that the remainder of the tour through 25 March was on hold, postponed until next year. The announcement advised ticketholders to all postponed dates to await further news with regards to new dates, venues and cities which will be subject to availability at each location.
What is Ramsay Hunt syndrome?
According to the Mayo Clinic, Ramsay Hunt syndrome afflicts an individual when they have a shingles outbreak near one of the ears. In addition to a painful rash, the outbreak can cause facial paralysis and hearing loss in the ear that is affected.
Shingles itself is a recurrence of a prior chickenpox infection which can happen years after the normally childhood illness has been contracted. While the victim of chickenpox generally recovers from the disease, fatalities are rare with approximately 100 deaths from the disease a year, half of those children, the virus remains in the nerves.
With prompt treatment the risk of complications, including permanent facial muscle weakness and deafness from Ramsay Hunt syndrome, can be reduced.