Update: Justin Bieber Postpones Remaining ’22 US Dates

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Justin Bieber is pictured performing during the “Justice World Tour” at Pechanga Arena in San Diego on Feb. 18. Photo by Kevin Mazur / Getty Images for Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber has been forced to postpone the remaining U.S. shows on his “Justice Tour,” including two nights at Madison Square Garden June 13-14, his Summerfest appearance in Milwaukee and two shows at the Kia Forum in Inglewood, Calif. The superstar addressed his fans via Instagram on June 11 to explain that he’s suffering from Ramsay Hunt syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that’s caused by a virus attacking his ear and other facial nerves.

He demonstrated in a video how half of his face is paralyzed, and said, “For those who are frustrated by my cancellation of the next shows, I’m just physically obviously not capable of doing them. This is pretty serious as you can see. Obviously my body’s telling me to slow down. I hope you guys understand, and I’ll be using this time to just rest and relax, and get back to 100%, so that I can do what I was born to do.”

Initially, just a show or two at a time was postponed with tour promoter AEG Presents issuing a statement saying, “Justin is receiving the best medical care possible and is determined to resume the tour as soon as he and the doctors feel he is able to continue.” In a story about Bieber’s June 16 show at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center also being postponed, Philadelphia’s WPVI reported, “Bieber had already canceled his shows in Toronto and Washington, D.C. prior to posting his video” on Friday.

A few days later, the rest of Bieber’s 2022 U.S. dates were pushed back. Eight more dates were booked through July 2-3 at the Kia Forum.

A statement from AEG Presents on the website for Boston’s TD Garden, where Bieber was supposed to play on June 20, reads: “In light of Justin’s ongoing recovery, the remaining U.S. Justice Tour shows scheduled for June and early July will be postponed. Justin continues to receive the best medical care possible, is upbeat about his recovery, and is looking forward to getting back out on the road and performing for his fans overseas later this summer. Details on rescheduled U.S. dates will be made public shortly. Refunds will be available at point of purchase. Tickets will be honored for all rescheduled dates.”

The European dates kick off at Italy’s Summer Festival Lucca on July 31. The “Justice World Tour” is Justin Bieber’s first global outing since 2016/2017’s “Purpose World Tour.” Bieber played to 2.7 million fans over the course of this run, with the finale seen by 65,000 fans at London’s British Summer Time Hyde Park festival.

The superstar ranked No. 6 on Pollstar’s 2016 Year End Top 100 Worldwide Tours chart with 1,761,642 tickets sold and $163.3 million grossed. He added another 1,043,839 tickets sold and $93.7 million grossed the following year, placing him at No. 12 on our 2017 year-end chart.

Over the weekend, Toby Keith also revealed to fans that he’s been dealing with health issues with a message posted on Twitter on June 12 saying he was diagnosed with stomach cancer last fall and he’s spent the last six months “receiving chemo, radiation and surgery.”

Keith’s publicist, Elaine Schock, told the Associated Press via email that some tour dates will be canceled, “but I’m not sure how many at this point.” AP noted that the Ohio State Fair announced that Keith’s July 28 performance has been called off.

Meanwhile, The Rolling Stones postponed its June 13 show at Amsterdam’s Johan Cruijff Arena and June 17 concert in Bern, Switzerland at Wankdorf Stadium on Friday, June 17 after Mick Jagger tested positive for COVID. The Amsterdam concert was called off hours before it was supposed to begin, with some fans already in the stadium.