Are COVID Delta Variant Fears Killing the Live Concert Comeback?

”Shows are happening all over the country, and people are going to them, I know that much,“ one music executive insists

Just before the July 4th weekend, the traditional launch date of the summer concert season of live music, the music industry was hailing a post-pandemic comeback, predicting the live concert business would bounce back to pre-COVID levels as early as August or September.

But in the last few weeks, as infections and hospitalizations from COVID-19 variants have risen in many parts of the world, top acts like Garth Brooks, Nine Inch Nails, Stevie Nicks and Michael Bublé have canceled upcoming tour dates — and on Friday K-pop sensation BTS canceled its upcoming world tour.

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Diane Haithman

Senior Entertainment Business Reporter • diane@thewrap.com • @dhaithman