Foo Fighters, Jason Isbell and Caitlin Koch among artists calling for vaccinated crowd at shows
Music festivals might have opened their gates in 2021 amid the pandemic but it has given birth to a new debate. While there are a few artists who are taking risks and hitting the stage whether the fans are vaccinated or not, some of the musicians are adamant about performing with all the rules and regulations in place.
Musician Jason Isbell recently spoke to TMZ where he revealed that he doesn’t want blood on his hands and therefore, would want people to feel safe and survive the virus. The former member of the Drive-By Truckers made himself very clear that he won’t play until the vaccination rules are followed even if it pisses off his loyal fan base. The Grammy award-winning crooner also added that his priority was to make concertgoers feel safe in a large crowd of strangers. There are a few other musicians like singer Caitlin Koch and the band Foo Fighters who believe in the same.
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A former ‘X Factor’ finalist, Caitlin Koch is willing to get back to work but not at the cost of putting lives at risk. According to Buffalo News, the singer-songwriter asserted that she did not want to be responsible for spreading the virus. “Having been locked up most of this past year, with performances and tours canceled, I say, shoot me up.” She continued, “I don’t want to be responsible for spreading this virus and I’d find peace knowing I did my part. I know too many adversely affected by Covid already, and some who passed on. It’s time to put this season behind us.”
When Foo Fighters announced they will be performing at Madison Square Garden in New York in mid-June, fans erupted with joy, however, many also got pissed due to the terms and conditions the announcement came with. According to LA Times, the attendees required proof of vaccination which pissed off a lot of social media users.
The Ticketmaster page for the concert apparently showed the specifications reading, “Guests must have proof of full Covid-19 vaccination — Final Dose 14 Days Before Event. Because of overwhelming demand for these events, in order to accommodate as many guests as possible, Madison Square Garden is complying with New York State mandates that require all guests to be fully vaccinated in such circumstances.”
Adam Weiner from band Low Cut Connie
Adam Weiner is a member of the Philadelphia rock band Low Cut Connie and is one of the musicians who announced the mask and vaccine requirements for its upcoming indoor shows. According to Rolling Stone, he asserted, “We were offered a million things last fall that I didn’t take, because it seemed inevitable that there were going to be major spikes and a lot of problems. If you follow the news, you could predict that this was where we would be.” He added, “We’re going to have to learn how to put on live entertainment in the least-risky way.”
Weiner added, “For a long time, a lot of people in the industry were thinking, ‘Let’s just try to get to the all-clear, and then we’ll go back to what we were doing before.’ We’re not going to get to the all-clear but as an entertainer, I don’t think that means we can’t do our job. I don’t think it’s curtains for the live entertainment industry. We have to find new ways of doing things.”
Sarah Beth Tomberlin aka Tomberlin
Singer-songwriter Sarah Beth Tomberlin, who goes by the name of Tomberlin, prefers the audience to be masked and fully vaccinated. The talented crooner whilst talking about her July end show told Rolling Stone, “When we announced that show, the Delta variant wasn’t something we were concerned about. But as it got closer, I started talking to my manager, and I was like, ‘So….Can we make sure this is an all-vax show?'” Tomberlin revealed that only about five fans asked for their refunds after the vaccine requirement was announced for her gig. “To me, that was a good sign.”