COVID-19 has created a market for coronavirus-related music merch

Korn might have been the first rock band to issue branded facemasks. Now everyone is getting into the game. A few highlights:

1. Merchbar’s Selection

They offer everything from Wu-Tang Clan and sneery Elvis masks…

…to ones that urge people to support local music.

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2. The Doors are on board

They’re careful to point out that these are non-medical masks, but at least 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the World Health Organization.

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3. Ozzy’s bat-biting ensemble

Ozzy ate a bat and didn’t get COVID-19, but he still doesn’t recommend it. But bats are a big part of this new matching outfit.

Note that the store has to provide this warning: These masks are not medical grade and are not meant to take the place of the N95 masks. They are not suitable for use in a surgical setting or where there would be significant exposure to liquid, bodily or other hazardous fluids, use in a clinical setting, or use in the presence of a high-intensity heat source or flammable gas. Please consult your local guidelines for protective face gear. This item is final sale and cannot be returned.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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