Canadian singer/songwriter and former frontman of Strapping Young Lad Devin Townsend started up his own GoFundMe page after the singer was forced to postpone his tour. Townsend is taking a huge financial hit cancelling his tour after more than a year’s work in preparing for the tour, especially after having to postpone upcoming spring tour dates as well.
Townsend released a statement following the cancellation that reflects his sorrow for both his fans and those who have been affected by the virus. While the singer regrets his postponement, he also understands this is not a cancellation, and fans will be rightly compensated in the future regardless of what is happening now. Read Townsend’s statement below:
“Hey all, I know this is undoubtedly the least appropriate time to ask for this, as I’m sure we’re all trying to figure out what to do in these troubled times, but the cancellation of my recent tour had significant financial implications and with no idea how to make income for the next while, I am asking for some help to sustain my family whilst being able to continue working on new musical ideas. As with any significant tour, the investments of putting up a good show with a fantastic crew and band are massive. There’s lightning rigs, video screens, tour busses, work visas, merch production & logistics, international flights and a ton of other things that require financial backing and when a tour gets cancelled due to government restrictions there’s no insurance policy in place to cover any of that. As with so many of my peers (and people in general of course) dealing with the same problems, it means that I’m struggling to keep the business afloat. If you are struggling yourself (which is most of us) please don’t worry about this, but if you’ve got a bit extra, I certainly would appreciate it. Above all, in the coming months, please take care. Love and light, and thanks from the bottom of my heart. Devin”
Townsend noted in the description of his GoFundMe page that any amount donated would be helpful; he also stated that those who are struggling to keep their families healthy and safe should focus on themselves, while donations from those with a bit extra would be greatly appreciated.