Musician Herbert Grönemeyer (66) is dismayed by the corona-related cancellation of his anniversary tour “20 Years Man”. “We are completely shocked,” he wrote in a handwritten letter to his fans, which he published on Instagram, for example.

“Up to the last minute we hoped that the virus would miraculously disappear quickly (…). Unfortunately in vain, we’re stuck in it. The virus shows its tough side, it eats and tears. It’s embarrassing for me to lie around doing nothing and waiting for improvement,” wrote the singer (“Bochum”, “Mensch”).

Eight appearances were planned, starting on Thursday in Hanover. “Unfortunately, the virus also infected employees, band members and Herbert,” management said on Wednesday. Planned performances in Gelsenkirchen, Berlin, Leipzig, Hamburg and Munich are also affected by the cancellation.

In his letter, Grönemeyer spoke of a “super meltdown”. Unfortunately, the canceled concerts could not be made up for later this year, he explained. Because many concerts that were canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic would be made up for this year, so that there is now a lack of availability of stadiums, staff, stages and technical equipment. New Grönemeyer concerts are planned for 2023.