The crushing weight of responsibility amid what seems to be a still very active pandemic has begun to be felt across the musical spectrum. After over a year and a half since the onset of COVID-19, as cities and venues began to reopen with hopes of lives and livelihoods returning to "normal," cancelations are now the activité du jour from Country to Industrial Rock.
Nine Inch Nails announced today that they have regretfully decided to cancel all remaining concerts scheduled for 2021, including festival appearances.
"When originally planned, these shows were intended to be a cathartic and celebratory return to live music," the band said on their social accounts. "However, with each passing day it’s becoming more apparent we’re not at that place yet. We are sorry for any inconvenience or disappointment and look forward to seeing you again when the time is right."
All fans are left with now is wondering about all that could have been...
Trent & Co. are not the first among high-profile artists to make alternate plans as new forms of the coronavirus continue to spread amidst the vaccinated and non-vaxxed. Odd as it may be to see these two very different artists in the same article, Country icon Garth Brooks also backed out of a string of tour dates for similar reasons.
“In July, I sincerely thought the pandemic was falling behind us,” Garth said in a statement this week. “Now, watching this new wave, I realize we are still in the fight and I must do my part."
Limp Bizkit also decided to cancel their return tour, but still made time to make a few fans' days on the night of their announcement. HELLA MEGA rockers Fall Out Boy also were forced to cancel some of their appearances with Green Day and Weezer due to a member of their crew being infected.
The CDC recently released a set of studies showing the overall protection against COVID-19 afforded by the vaccines dwindled this summer after the highly contagious Delta variant emerged.
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