Andy Lau Reportedly Lost At Least S$1.8Mil After Cancelling His Concerts ’Cos Of The Wuhan Virus Outbreak
It hasn’t exactly been a smooth-sailing couple of years for fans who have been waiting to catch Andy Lau in concert.
Remember when he was forced to axe a bunch of shows at the Hongkong Coliseum from December 2018 to January 2019 because of a throat infection? Now, the Heavenly King had to cancel all 12 of his upcoming February gigs at the same venue again due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, and it was recently announced that the Wuhan leg of his My Love World Tour, which was scheduled to take place from April 17 to 19, has been called off as well.
On February 3, the concert organisers posted the notice of cancellation on their Weibo page, stating that the decision was made in order to prevent the spread of the virus in such a crowded location, and to ensure the health and safety of the audience and performers.
“We deeply apologise to the fans who have been looking forward to the concerts for a long time,” they wrote. “Our city is sick, and we are all working hard to protect and save her. Please believe that all our efforts are for a better reunion!”
Despite the inevitable disappointment, fans were extremely supportive and understanding of the move. “I hope the epidemic passes soon so I can visit Wuhan to watch the concert and eat hot dry noodles!” wrote one Andy devotee.
Unfortunately, pulling the plug on so many concerts has taken a toll on Andy’s... bank account. The 58-year-old reportedly forked out HK$10 million (about S$1.8 million) from his own pocket to fund the now-scrapped replacement shows at the Coliseum, and it appears he may lose even more following the termination of the Wuhan leg of the tour.
Andy is also scheduled to perform in Shanghai in March, Guangzhou in April, and Beijing in May (all of which are sold out), but with the way things are going, we wouldn’t be surprised if those shows get postponed as well — which means more dollars down the drain.
Then again, a few million dollars is probably chump change to one of the most successful superstars in Asia. Plus, the risk of getting a whole arena of your devotees sick is just not worth it.