Irish band The Coronas revealed they have been rocked by the “surreal” coronavirus outbreak.
The group lamented their “unfortunate band name” after thousands of people across the world have fallen ill with the deadly COVID-19.
Frontman Danny O’Reilly, who is currently on tour with the group in Dubai, told NME: “Dubai are taking a lot of different precautions in the airport and even in our hotel.
“It’s just got to a whole new level in Ireland. We’re thinking that they may do a full lockdown and there’s concern that we might not get home, but we’re aiming to get back on Monday.
“No one really knows or can predict what’s happening. Everyone’s living day by day. It’s unfortunate for us that we have such an unfortunate band name.
“That throws another weirdness into the mix.
“We’re the same as any other band.
“We’ve had concerns about what’s going on and we’re 99% sure we have to cancel our upcoming American tour. We also might have to postpone our upcoming show at Shepherds Bush Empire in May. A lot of people have it worse than us.
“We were chatting to some other bands out here in the same boat and I was like, ‘Yeah, but at least you’re not named after the virus’.”
On whether the group will re-brand themselves following the outbreak, O’Reilly said: “We haven’t even thought about it.
“We’ve been around for five albums and this is a new disease. It’s having a big affect on everything and it’s a hard one to judge.
“If we were a brand new band I’d say, ‘Absolutely, of course’. We haven’t considered re-branding. Who knows what affect this will have?”
He added: “Someone mentioned that maybe we should do a co-headline tour with The Vaccines.”
However the band have managed to poke fun at their predicament, even asking popular beer brand Corona for some advice.
They wrote on Twitter: “Hey @corona beer! So what’s your plan? Asking for a friend.”