Weekly survey: How optimistic are you about concerts returning by the fall?

Over the weekend, 50,000 people piled into a stadium in New Zealand to see five acts play live. Few masks were evident because the country has COVID-19 under control. We should be so fortunate.

We are making progress, however. People are getting vaccinated, but the demand far outstrips the supply. Protestors, anti-vaxxers, confusing vaccination rollouts, and overblown worries about side effects from the AstraZeneca vaccine aren’t helping, either. (Sidebar: It was reported that with 1.1 million AZ vaccines given, there have been four people reporting blood clot complications. I like those odds.)

Still, though, we have a long way to go, evidenced by this year’s cancellation of both Osheaga and the Ottawa Blues Festival. How do you feel about this? Are you optimistic that we can get back to going to gigs in the fall? Do you believe that this is a pipe dream? Maybe you’re unsure. Or maybe it doesn’t matter because you’re going anywhere until this pandemic is stamped out?

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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