Billie Eilish concert goes on at PNC Arena despite COVID-19 warning from governor


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Fans lined up from all over on Thursday to see Billie Eilish perform at PNC Arena on Thursday night.

“She is my favorite singer,” said fan Lani Hodnett.

Many worried the show wouldn’t go on as numerous events have been canceled in the Triangle area due to coronavirus.

“I was so worried — like really, really worried — the whole week,” said fan Melanie Hunt.

“I didn’t want it to get canceled because I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time,” added fan Abby Mcvane.

PNC Arena released a statement saying the staff was cleaning the building more frequently in addition to adding hand sanitizer dispensers and more hand washing signage.

Fans also took their own precautions. Some wore masks and others brought their own supplies.

“We’re using lots of hand sanitizer,” said fan Dixie Roach.

On Thursday, both Gov. Roy Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein recommended large events be canceled.

The National Hockey League postponed its season over coronavirus concerns, so the Hurricanes won’t be playing at PNC Arena. The next game was scheduled for Saturday. A PNC spokesperson said it’s not up to them to cancel a concert or event. That falls on the promoter. For Billie Eilish’s tour, the promoter is Live Nation.

Billboard has reported Live Nation is going to pause all tours due to coronavirus. Eilish announced on Twitter her tour dates that were affected.

“I care so much about her health. I’m worried about this tour, her going to places,” said fan Samantha Pressley.

Michael Buble was scheduled to perform at PNC Arena next week. His promoter postponed his tour out of safety concerns.

An employee at PNC Arena said workers put in what events they want to work about a month in advance. There are only two events listed on PNC’s website for April, but workers still count on them for a paycheck.

CBS 17 asked Live Nation why Billie Eilish’s concert on Thursday wasn’t canceled but hasn’t heard back.

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