The New York Post reports:

…Making an appearance on Bob Lefsetz’s podcast this week, Marc Geiger [Lollapalooza co-founder] was asked when [he thinks] live music will return.

“In my humble opinion, it’s going to be 2022,” he said.

He went on to say, “It’s going to take that long before what I call ‘the germaphobic economy’ is slowly killed off and replaced by the claustrophobia economy — that’s when people want to get out and go to dinner and have their lives, go to festivals and shows.”

“It’s my instinct that’s going to take awhile because superspreader events — sports, shows, festivals, etc. — aren’t going to do too well when the virus is this present.”

This comes at a time when the coronavirus has surged in states including California, Florida and Texas — and as more than 3.4 million Americans have been diagnosed with the illness. This year’s Lollapalooza was canceled in June.

As a result, Geiger predicts, among other things, bankruptcies in the live music industry.

“The whole thing is a s - - t show,” he said.

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  • Taskerofpuppets on

    Yep, we’re in deep, deep shite. Not ankle or knee deep – lol – we’re talking neck high! Still, there will be blissful moments in between that remind us that we’d had it pretty good up until now. Metal will still reign. My last show was Slayer & Primus and friends. Before that it was two nights in San. Fran seeing Metallica & the SF Symphony with my twen daughter and wife in great seats. Really glad I went all out for both shows. I hope we do see shows by 2022. Up the Irons, all! \mm/

    • Dana on

      Knee Deep is a really good song by 21 Guns.

      As a matter of fact, I sent it in to Eddie, when he used to have his “Underground Classic” segment on his “Friday Night Rocks” show on Q104.3 in NYC.

      D 🙂

    • Doug on

      My last concert was Fozzy at a cool, small venue. Was about 10 feet from the band and Le Champion was not miming… Bach claims. 🙂

  • genesraccoonwig on

    Until a proven vaccine has been created, bands will need to get creative in how it makes money in the short term.

    The way TicketMaster and LiveNation have gouged ticket prices with ridiculous fees over the years – I do not mind them feeling some pain (as a corporation).

    Would not be surprised once concerts come back, tickets will have a disclaimer indicating the band/venue/etc. are not responsible for you contracting COVID etc.

    As Robert Plant once said….”Does anyone remember laughter?…..”

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