Imagine this: You’ve been waiting years to see your favorite artist live and after the wild ride that was the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s finally time. Except in this case it ends before it begins. Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes, country band Lady A and others have canceled their upcoming shows for unexpected reasons.
In June, Justin Bieber announced that he has Ramsay Hunt Syndrome (RHS), a neurological disorder that affects his ear and facial nerves, leading to facial paralysis. RHS It is related to the virus that causes chickenpox and can lead to herpes zoster later in life, but sometimes it develops into a rare condition similar to Bell’s palsy that Bieber suffers from. After posting a glamorous video on his social media, the comment section was filled with interested fans who expressed a lot of support. this is Mailshowing half his face paralyzed, has exceeded 60 million views on Instagram.
“I think it’s really important to prioritize mental health and physical health in particular,” said Ava Sapano ’25. “Journeys are a draining process, so you have to really think about your health.”
After he announced that he would be taking a little hiatus from his “Justice” world tour, Pepper said He will “use this time to rest, relax and get back to 100% so I can do what I was born to do.”
“For those who are frustrated with my cancellation of the following shows, I obviously am not physically able to do them,” Bieber said. “I wish it wasn’t, but my body is clearly telling me I have to slow down.”
He returned to the stage in early August hoping to play the rest of his shows, but announced to audiences on September 6 that he would cancel the rest of his world tour to prioritize his health. On his Instagram story, he said, “I realized I needed to make my health a priority right now. So I’m taking a break from touring for now.”
All the students of Marist College seem to understand this decision. Although some believe that postponing the tour rather than canceling it would be more fair to the fans.
Justin Bieber wasn’t the only teenage heartthrob who decided to take a break from touring this year. On July 27, Shawn Mendes announced the cancellation of his “Wonder” world tour for mental health reasons after rediscovering the enormous pressure of being on the road and playing live.
“I know you all have been waiting a long time to watch these shows and my heart breaks to tell you this, but I promise I will be back as soon as I take the right time to heal,” the “Stitches” singer wrote on Instagram. “We were hoping I’d be able to catch up on the rest of the dates after some much-needed time, but at this time I have to put my health as my number one priority.”
after starting Shawn Mendes Foundation In August of 2019, it was clear that the mental health and well-being of young adults was important to the 24-year-old pop singer. This organization works to give our younger generation a voice and the ability to speak out against unfortunate issues. The idea for this empowering project was inspired by “young change-makers he met while traveling around the world”.
Given that Mendes has done so much for those in need through this charitable organization, his fans should respect his decision. Some have and some don’t, but the majority of Marist students understand the importance of these self-seeking celebrities.
Sabano said, “I know fans will be disappointed, but if an artist isn’t able to do it 100%, they don’t have to tour just to please fans.”
Mental health can be affected by many different factors. As for Mendes, it was the pressure of touring after the pandemic that drove him to stop his Wonderland tour. For Charles Kelly of the group Lady A, it was his escalating battle with sobriety that led the band to make a similar decision. Following this topic, Lady A announced the cancellation of her tour through her Instagram account. that they Wrote On August 4, “We are a band, but more importantly…we are family. We are proud to say that Charles has embarked on a journey of sobriety.”
Not only did the trio postpone their tour until 2023, they also pulled back from a tour Upcoming performance at the Nebraska State Fair Planned to be held in September.
Being in the public eye while touring would put a lot of pressure on Kelly, so even though it was a tough choice, the band felt it was necessary. 25 Tess Donovan said, “A big part of touring culture is to go out and party, so if Kelly was in that environment he would be more inclined to break his sobriety.”