In the ongoing battle between COVID-19 and music, the deadly virus appears to have the upper hand.
While concerts and sometimes entire tours are canceled due to increasing numbers of infections, hospitalizations and deaths, some prominent names have announced positive tests in their tour orbits – and even among performers them. themselves. Kid Rock recently tweeted that most of his group “af-covid” and KISS frontman Paul Stanley also announced that he himself was infected.
The legendary hard rock band’s purported farewell tour – called End of the Road, when Farewell KISS was there to take – was only four shows when the the news broke, canceling a show in Burgettstown, Pa.
Soon after, Stanley took to Twitter to dispel rumors concerning the seriousness of his condition: âPEOPLE !!! I’m fine! I am not in intensive care! My heart allows me to do 26 miles a day on my bike! I don’t know where it came from, but it’s absolute nonsense. He did acknowledge he was showing flu-like symptoms, while a spokesperson told Stanley the group and team were fully vaccinated.
In a previous interview with the Music Universe podcast, rock ‘n’ roll demon Gene Simmons explained why KISS takes COVID-19 precautions seriously and expects their fans to do so too:
âOnce you’re behind the scenes, every member of the road, the road crew, security, the truck drivers, everyone is going to get vaccinated and wear masks,â Simmons said. âAnd the rest of you have a choice because you live in ‘Oh so free America.’ There is a law that says you must wear a seat belt and there is no law that requires you to wear a mask to protect others in case you infect them?
He said the group will not be interacting with fans in person, as they usually do.
âIt’s as good for the fans as it is for us. If a fan infects one of us, the whole tour gets canceled and the insurance company goes crazy and everyone goes on – just one [jerk] who didn’t care about you – who only cared about his freedoms, âSimmons said. “Even out of courtesy when you yawn, you cover your mouth, don’t you?” And you are not ready to wear a mask that could endanger someone else? “
Meanwhile, Kid Rock tweeted in a thread that most of her group tested positive, although “a lot” of them were vaccinated, resulting in the cancellation of scheduled shows.
“Billy Bob’s shows this weekend … I’m pissed off. More than half of the band afâ covid (not me), and before us â for brains bloggers and media trolls are running around, a lot of them, like me, were vaccinated. I was going to come and rock the house anyway, play acoustics, DJâ¦ âhe said,â or even just Juggleâ¦. or at least try to entertain you, good people. But seriously, it’s out of my hands on this one. I’m more than upset and you real ones know I would never cancel if I absolutely hadn’t too [sic]. For that, I am sorry.
He then denounced the way President Biden handled the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan, calling on the military to “bomb the s – among these” unspecified “f – s”.
Other acts to postpone or cancel tour dates due to the resurgence of the pandemic include Garth Brooks, Nine Inch Nails, Stevie Nicks and – screaming in agony and disappointment everywhere – BTS. Tony Bennett’s announcement of his show cancellations was followed by news of his retirement from touring.
Stanley tweeted in response, âTony Bennett is the Olivier of song interpretation. I have always thought him the greatest.
Some, like Jason isbell, Harry Styles and Foo Fighters, took the wave of the Delta variant as a signal to demand masks and show proof of vaccination during their shows, or in some cases (as in Phoebe bridgers‘), to initially move indoor shows to outdoor venues. These precautions, however, did not prevent Foo Fighters from joining the unenviable list of acts postponing shows due to positive cases within their camps; Last week, Foo Fighters presented the Forum show they had postponed from July. Others include Lynyrd Skynyrd and Korn.
However, not all artists see the increase in COVID-19 numbers and these cancellations as reasons to support mask warrants or proof of vaccination requirements.
Famous vaccine skeptic and guitarist Eric Clapton recently said: “I feel compelled to make an announcement on my part: I want to say that I will not perform on any stage where there is a discriminated audience … for all people. present, I reserve the right to cancel the show.
Southern rock and country group Steel Woods canceled a St. Louis show that required proof of vaccination and said in a statement that they “will not participate in any shows in the future that require proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test result to get in. That includes all the major titles, festivals and shows we support. “
The band posted a photo of country legend Johnny Cash on Instagram with the following statement, âWe’re an American band with American values. We aim to create healing music and do shows for anyone who wants to attend. We believe in the right of an individual to choose what he wants to put in his body and that no one should be forced to do anything for their own good in order to live their life. The recent news that the AEG and Live Nation sites – and in particular our show in St. Louis on 5/11 – will require a vaccination or proof of negative test starting in early October is not something we fully support or that we are prepared to respect. “
However, the daughter of Cash, singer-songwriter and poet Rosanne Cash, objected to the use of her father’s image to convey their message, Tweeter:
âTHEIR statement, not that of my father from beyond the grave. This is an irresponsible and thoughtless abuse of the image and supposed beliefs of someone who cannot give their own opinion. Please remove his photo from your press release. Hope you #getvaxxed “
Shortly after Cash’s tweet, the group reposted their Instagram post with a portrait of themselves in place of Johnny Cash’s photo.