Andy Taylor has become the latest artist to call time on touring for the foreseeable future after postponing this spring’s quartet of ‘comeback’ gigs.

Following hot on the heels of last year’s critically acclaimed show at London’s 100 Club, the former Duran Duran man was readying a career-spanning set.

But the coronavirus pandemic has put paid to any short terms plans.

And Taylor explained: “Regretfully and with a heavy heart we will have to postpone my forthcoming shows this May.

“The health and safety of all is paramount.

“And with such unprecedented restrictions in play to disrupt the spread of the pandemic, it’s a bitter but necessary pill to swallow. 

“Myself, Gary, Jack, Jesse, Arya and all of the Dirty Dozen are gutted.

“However, we will be back ASAP.

“I’m currently waiting for new dates.

“But tickets will remain valid for all rescheduled dates and refunds will be available.”

Taylor is back home at his Ibiza base and faces the strict rules and regulations many predict will follow in the UK soon.

“Being stuck up a mountain under the Spanish lockdown has given me a real glimpse into the near future and it’s not good,” he added.

“So please take care in the UK and stay home to protect each other. 

“I’m going to hangout on Facebook for a while.

“And I’m really hoping everyone, everywhere is looking after their family, nan, grandad, mom or just coping as best they can. 

“Tragically, my Italian friends are suffering terribly and Spain is now also experiencing a lot of pain. 

“We are a global community and our very lives depend on each other. 

“I will remain here for you if you stay home and stay safe for me.

“Be aware, be kind and I’ll see you on the other side.”

Taylor was due to play four shows in May  – in his home town Cullercoats, Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow.