Live music won’t return until at least 2022, festival bigwig says

You may have spent your quarantine dreaming of attending that concert the ongoing pandemic ultimately canceled. And you may have hoped, really hoped, that the venue would reschedule the event for sometime this year.

Well, according to a Lollapalooza co-founder, don’t hold your breath.

Making an appearance on Bob Lefsetz’s podcast this week, Marc Geiger was asked when live music will return.

“In my humble opinion, it’s going to be 2022,” he said.

He went on to say, “It’s going to take that long before what I call ‘the germaphobic economy’ is slowly killed off and replaced by the claustrophobia economy — that’s when people want to get out and go to dinner and have their lives, go to festivals and shows.”

“It’s my instinct that’s going to take awhile because superspreader events — sports, shows, festivals, etc. — aren’t going to do too well when the virus is this present.”

This comes at a time when the coronavirus has surged in states including California, Florida and Texas — and as more than 3.4 million Americans have been diagnosed with the illness. This year’s Lollapalooza was canceled in June.

As a result, Geiger predicts, among other things, bankruptcies in the live music industry.

“The whole thing is a s - - t show,” he said.

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