COVID-19: a world-changing cultural event that will forever alter how we see our lives, or a weird time in history that we’ll laugh about over beers at the next legal concert? Over the past few weeks, artists have begun to ever-so-carefully inch back towards normality, with several tours being officially rescheduled while others are still being postponed. All of which leads to the important question: are we out of the woods with the coronavirus, or do we still have miles to go before we can mosh once more?
On this week’s episode of our heavy-metal talk show Last Words, host Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves/Ex Man Podcast) and guest host Chris Krovatin (author and Staff Writer at The Pit) sit down with Lacuna Coil vocalist Cristina Scabbia to discuss how COVID has changed the way we experience and create heavy music, for better or for worse. Hailing from a country that was hit especially hard by the virus, and having just taken part in a silent protest livestream to rally against the Italian government’s negligence of the arts, Cristina had some choice words about the progress we’ve seen thus far.
“The government in Italy seems to have forgotten arts in general,” says Cristina. “Movie theaters are closed, events are closed, of course events are not possible because of course gathering is not allowed — which I understand. But they’re not offering any…I don’t want to say solution, but let’s say help.” However, Cristina went on to say that the band’s silent protest did pay off. “It actually helped, because the government actually gave €50 million to the arts department.”
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