Weekly survey: Would you consider getting a vaccine passport in order to go to concerts?

There’s plenty of talk these days about vaccines, some kind of physical or digital certification that offers proof that you’ve been inoculated against COVID-19. It might be a little card for your wallet (like a driver’s license) or perhaps some sort of app on your phone.

The concert industry is very interested in such passports because (a) they want to get back to business as soon as possible, and (b) to limit their liability because they don’t want any gig they promote to become a superspreader event. Can you imagine the insurance issues?

However, a lot of people are voicing opposition to any sort of vaccine passport because they say it will just give governments another way to track our movements. Big Brother, the surveillance state, the mark of the devil, and all that.

Where do you stand?

SPOILER: Here are some reasons that vaccine passports might be a bad idea. (Via Sean)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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.

2 thoughts on “Weekly survey: Would you consider getting a vaccine passport in order to go to concerts?

  • April 12, 2021 at 2:42 pm

    Since I don’t think I can do the survey on Twitter.

    My vote is yes, I would do that to be able to go to concerts. ESPECIALLY if it allowed me to cross the Canadian border and go to Vancouver if/when the New Order/Pet Shop Boys concert happens.

    I was looking into the Fast Pass or whatever it is so that I don’t have to get a perp search of my car again.

    Everyone knows one person of indeterminate age going from Washington State to Vancouver BC for a three day holiday to see a concert is surely a terrorist or drug runner. Of course, it’s highly dubious when they book all their travel and have a concert ticket in advance. OMG!

    Bastards didn’t even stamp my passport for the effort.

    Anyways, I found out that apparently Canada hasn’t changed their *&^%&% border policy since March 2020 (the beginning of the end). Yeah, I have tickets for a show, I can’t even attend. Prepaid parking too! Even if they hold it, I can’t go! And who is going to buy my hardcopy tickets? ’cause I killed my paypal account because they were screwing me on fees repeatedly and I just got tired of it. The other sites are worse or they are owned by paypal. I guess bitcoin is an option but that’s a LOT of trust. Hey meet me at the border so we can exchange concert tickets by hand via the big, bad border control agent. Maybe they will do us a kindness and be our middleman. Uh huh. I do ONE arena show every four years. Then this came along. I chose BC of course! Why choose California when I can drive to BC and stay in a lovely country. If I drive five hours south, I’m still in Oregon – not by much but it’s double that and I’m still not at any Venue for NO/PSB.

    So, open up those borders and let me have any/all vaccines and the passport and the damned masks and what have you. I’ll suck it up. Just..um to quote the Ramones ‘get me to the show..’ and you all should know the rest.

  • April 12, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    Give Governments another way of tracking out movements? How paranoid are people? Don’t get one then, but don’t spoil it for me as I’ve never worried one moment about the Government tracking my movements. Phooey. I’m law-abiding, so if you’re not, sucks for you. I also got my first vaccine yesterday and I have proof!


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