Throughout the entirety of the COVID pandemic and the quarantine that’s come with it, one question has gripped every metal fan the world over: when will shows come back? Though 2020 taught us what it really was to be a metal fan, the loss of concerts has been awful, not just for fans but for the many artists who rely on them to make their living. But now, Dr. Anthony Fauci, America’s top infectious disease expert whose work as been critical to keeping the COVID pandemic from getting out of control, has revealed that fans might be back in venues as early as fall of 2021.
According to The New York Times, Fauci spoke at this year’s online version of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals conference, and assured performers that if everyone continues to adhere to strict quarantine protocol, fans could be watching bands and movies again before 2021 is out.
“If everything goes right, this is will occur some time in the fall of 2021,” said Fauci, “so that by the time we get to the early to mid-fall, you can have people feeling safe performing onstage as well as people in the audience.”
Dr. Fauci also referenced a German study of an indoor concert that was staged this August, the results of which implied that concerts had “low to very low” impact on the spread of the virus, so long as organizers ensure adequate ventilation, strict hygiene protocols and limited capacity. “What the performing arts needs to do is to do a little bit more of what the Germans are doing,” he said.
“We’ll be back in the theaters — performers will be performing, audiences will be enjoying it,” he added. “It will happen.”
Of course, Dr. Fauci’s claims rely on one important factor: participation. So please, in the name of all things loud, crazy, and unholy, wear your mask, wash your hands, and socially distance until you’re vaccinated. We’ll see you in the pit.
Words by Chris Krovatin