Neil Young Says Concerts Are ‘Super Broadcasters’ Of COVID-19, Accuses Promoters Of Prioritizing Profits
Neil Young said he believes concerts have become “super broadcasters” of COVID-19 and criticized the nation’s largest music promoters for allowing artists to perform live again at this point in the coronavirus pandemic.
The acclaimed 75-year-old singer-songwriter and guitarist made the comments in a column on his website “Neil Young Archives” this week after recently postponing his plans to perform live again.
“I know of tours that are out there and they have to stop where they are and isolate themselves in motels because one person among them tested positive. I wonder why are they out there? “Mr. Young asked on Monday.
“Money and business,” Mr. Young answered his own question. “These two need each other. This has been the American style for years and years. Now the country has changed in a new way, ”said the artist. additional.
Young, a native Canadian who obtained U.S. citizenship in 2020, previously announced that he would be retiring from this year’s Live Aid, an annual benefit concert he co-founded in 1985 and at which he regularly performs.
Despite the additional security measures in place for the open-air concert, Young said he is still concerned that attendees will spread the new coronavirus and COVID-19, the dangerous respiratory disease it causes.
In his latest column, the “Rockin ‘in the Free World” singer praised fellow artist Garth Brooks for canceling several upcoming shows and encouraged concert promoters to follow suit.
“The big promoters, if they had the conscience, could stop these programs. Without it, everyone moves on as if everything is fine. It is not, ”Mr. Young wrote on his website this week.
“Live Nation, AEG and the other big promoters could shut this down if they could just forget about making money for a while,” continued Mr. Young. “They control a lot of the entertainment business. They have the power to stop the shows where thousands of people congregate and scatter. It’s money that keeps it going. Money that motivates the diffusion. The big promoters are responsible for the super spreaders ”.
Mister. Young concluded, “People see the advertised concerts and think it must be okay to go and mingle. Is not. These are wide-spread events, irresponsible freedom parties. We need freedom to be safe. Not a bad example. This could be just the beginning. “
Live Nation and AEG, two of the nation’s largest concert promotion companies, did not immediately respond to messages sent over the weekend requesting their reaction to Young’s comments.
Previously, Live Nation said that people attending their concerts will need to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or a recently obtained negative result as of October 4.
AEG, for its part, said it will require proof of vaccination for the venues and events it owns and operates as of October 1. Unlike its rival, it does not plan to accept negative test results.
Virtually all major touring acts stopped performing to live crowds in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, although many have recently changed course since millions of Americans have been vaccinated.
However, several major acts have canceled their concert plans over coronavirus concerns, including Young and Brooks, as well as Limp Bizkit, Nine Inch Nails, and Stevie Nicks, to name a few.
COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to be very effective in preventing serious illness and death from COVID-19, although vaccinated people are still capable of transmitting the virus to other people.
Live Aid 2021 is still scheduled for September 25 at the Xfinity Theater in Hartford, Connecticut. Co-founders and board members Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp are ready to act, among others.