2020 Concerts you saw before COVID / 2020 Concerts you missed because of COVID

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Herb Alpert and Lani Hall at Café Carlyle last December
Handel's "Agrippina" featuring Joyce DiDonato at Met Opera in February

Had no tickets for any upcoming shows. I'm a poor excuse for a New Yorker.

Josefa, Saturday, 23 May 2020 04:17 (one year ago) link

Current 93 in Brooklyn was rescheduled to next summer, I hope that’s conservative enough to be realistic but who can guess.

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Saturday, 23 May 2020 12:45 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

supposedly Algiers will play in early December but it's at a crowded bar so let's see how that works out
― Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, May 23, 2020

this was canceled this week.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 17 October 2020 19:08 (nine months ago) link

i saw david byrne on broadway in february, and if that's the last show i attend, fuck yeah, covid covfefe dance dance dance the night away

reggie (qualmsley), Saturday, 17 October 2020 19:19 (nine months ago) link

Spike Lee's filmed version of that show is up on HBO tomorrow btw

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 17 October 2020 19:34 (nine months ago) link

The Elder tour that was supposed to hit Philly the second week of November was cancelled.

The next show I would see isn't until 2021:
1/12 The Schizophonics @ Boot And Saddle

The last show I was was on 2/22/2020.
I have never gone 11 weeks between shows.
There were times in my life I didn't go 11 days between shows.

I hate to bitch since it's way harder on the bands and people who make a living promoting the shows.
I just really want this shit to end.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Saturday, 17 October 2020 20:12 (nine months ago) link

just saw GWAR at a drive-in show.

wasn't quite the same but it felt nice.

also I was high off of an edible

eat my room temperature ass (Neanderthal), Saturday, 17 October 2020 20:39 (nine months ago) link


Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 19 October 2020 14:42 (nine months ago) link

I have a ticket for Riot Fest, which was long ago rescheduled for 11 months from now, but I'm not actually expecting it will happen

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Monday, 19 October 2020 15:08 (nine months ago) link

Yeah, it's been really getting me down lately, but given how things are trending now and considering we still have nothing even close to plan for dealing with things, the idea of live shows before at least 2022 seems like an absolute pipe dream at this point.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 19 October 2020 15:12 (nine months ago) link

my heart still breaks a little bit every time I reminisce over an old show, but everything else has gotten so bad that the late return of live concerts is something I've begrudgingly made peace with. hoping for more creative things like small drive-in shows or maybe I'll just call Obituary on the phone or Steve Asheim of Deicide and say YO CAN I SIT IN ON A REHEARSAL

(I don't have their numbers, I just wanted to sound cool).

eat my room temperature ass (Neanderthal), Monday, 19 October 2020 15:22 (nine months ago) link

it's just hard to go from 50 of these a year to....0.

eat my room temperature ass (Neanderthal), Monday, 19 October 2020 15:22 (nine months ago) link

Obituary's streamed show was cool mostly cos they actually did their best to capture the real energy of one of their live shows. never will be the real thing, but it aws the type of thing I'd totally pay $15 to watch as opposed to some of the other streams I've seen.

eat my room temperature ass (Neanderthal), Monday, 19 October 2020 15:23 (nine months ago) link

I'm very grateful to have seen enough shows to last a lifetime, and yet I do occasionally get sad at the thought that there is at least a chance I may never get to see some of my favorite old people perform again: Genesis, Springsteen, AC/DC ...

The last show I had been planning to see was the Drive-By Truckers on Friday, March 13. I was on the guest list via the club, and in one of our last exchanges at the time the publicist told me that there were lots of postponements and that the club "will be dark most of the month." Little did they know ...

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 19 October 2020 15:40 (nine months ago) link

Last gig I saw was Kamasi Washington in early march. Music was great but it was a waaay oversold seated show, folding chairs set up with no space between them. I am tall and have broad shoulders, so i spent the whole show with my knees up near my chest, sort of leaning back onto the shoulders and chests of the unfortunate people seated next to me, just awful. During the preshow I started to freak out a little bit and decided to bail, and right as I decided this the band came on and I was stuck there for 2.5hrs. One of the most miserable gigs of my life.

On the other hand hanging out with my friends before the show - having drinks at the corner bar, talking music, running into pals, sharing nachos - was like my quintessential ideal of a pre-covid night out, an "ordinary" couple of hours that's now become an incredibly cherished memory that I think about almost every day now.

turn the jawhatthefuckever on (One Eye Open), Monday, 19 October 2020 15:43 (nine months ago) link

Last show I actually saw was the local cover band doing a night of Rush.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 19 October 2020 15:46 (nine months ago) link

Other pre-covid gig i keep thinking about is taking my aging dad to see John Prine a few months prior. A wonderful night and very happy memory before, now with some other serious resonances obviously

turn the jawhatthefuckever on (One Eye Open), Monday, 19 October 2020 15:47 (nine months ago) link

Last show I saw was Hand Habits and Garcia Peoples at Schuba's, was supposed to see Garcia Peoples again at the same venue in April and Drive By Truckers this summer at a brewery near my house. Had a bunch of other shows on my radar, but those were the only ones for which I had tickets in hand*.

(* - to my ilxor shame, I was also supposed to fly to Boulder for a weekend of Dead & Co. with some friends)

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 19 October 2020 15:50 (nine months ago) link

I had been planning to fly out and meet a friend in Maryland to see John Prine and Emmylou Harris last summer. So, basically a double bummer.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 19 October 2020 15:52 (nine months ago) link

Good thread. I've been reaching out to members of Congress in support of the RESTART Act. There's also the Save Our Stages Act but RESTART to my knowledge is more encompassing. I urge the rest of us here that miss/love concerts to make some calls or send some emails as well.

"it's just hard to go from 50 of these a year to....0." i feel ya

DT, Wednesday, 21 October 2020 08:20 (nine months ago) link

I'm avoiding my temptation to email Deicide and ask them if I can pay them $1,000 to play private shows for me every Saturday

eat my room temperature ass (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 21 October 2020 13:27 (nine months ago) link

(u think I'm joking, this is exactly the type of stupid thing I would do w/ my money)

eat my room temperature ass (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 21 October 2020 13:27 (nine months ago) link

i think something like 60 venues have already gone out of business this year

DT, Wednesday, 21 October 2020 22:13 (nine months ago) link

worldwide? in New York? in the US as a whole? in Albania? it’s not a very useful figure unless you’re more specific

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Thursday, 22 October 2020 11:51 (nine months ago) link

Read a US musician who used to work in nightclubs as well say that he hoped in the future the US could have more government funded venues to see music , and not be reliant so much on places that need to sell alcohol. He also asserted that avante and experimental musicians make more $ now doing house shows and alternative venues than bars. He is a fan of European culture venues that get support, and are not reliant on liquor sales.

I haven’t searched for a study yet comparing Europe to US in support of venues that host music.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 22 October 2020 15:03 (nine months ago) link

In case it wasn't already clear just how badly the UK live music scene is being decimated by Covid...

41.6% of agents expected to lose their jobs by year end, 56% of promoters, etc. Startlingly bleak with no light at the end of the tunnel yet. https://t.co/K4iUCi3tq9 pic.twitter.com/SHtu0dsDwn

— Jack Stephens (@iamjackstephens) October 21, 2020

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 22 October 2020 15:28 (nine months ago) link

on a purely personal level i have existential concerns about my future that are feeling more relevant as we get into fall with no work on the horizon

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 22 October 2020 15:29 (nine months ago) link

"worldwide? in New York? in the US as a whole? in Albania? it’s not a very useful figure unless you’re more specific"

Sorry, in the US I assume. i think that was a figure from NIVA. National Independent Venue Association.

DT, Thursday, 22 October 2020 22:48 (nine months ago) link

How have we been doing on reaching out to our reps on this?

DT, Wednesday, 28 October 2020 08:50 (eight months ago) link

four months pass...

Happy anniversary to the last show I saw before lockdown (also the last thing of any kind that I did before lockdown) Robyn Hitchcock at the Fremont Abbey in Seattle. I wrote about it upthread but was just thinking about it today, because wow, it's been a whole year.

Lily Dale, Sunday, 28 February 2021 20:46 (four months ago) link

last show i saw before covid was the chemical brothers in queens. i wanna say that was august 2019?

shows i had tickets for, but... y'know. four tet with the fancy squid lighting. thom yorke at hammerstein ballroom.

sad face emoji.

BringTheAuBonPain, Monday, 1 March 2021 01:39 (four months ago) link

I saw Wye Oak a week before lockdown and was contemplating seeing Wire the night everything shut down entirely.

Gonna be a bonanza of gigs when things reopen.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 1 March 2021 02:01 (four months ago) link

Robyn has done dozens of zoom shows during this, he easily earned my Patreon buck. Kind of hoping he will be the first real show I see in the resumed world

covidsbundlertanze op. 6 (Jon not Jon), Monday, 1 March 2021 22:01 (four months ago) link

Earache Records emailed me a survey about whether I'd be amenable to an Earache metal cruise in 2022. assuming it could only be their roster, that's kind of a bummer considering how far they've fallen, but I would be open to it if the 70000 Tons still isn't operational. or if it's still unsafe by January.

frankly i'm thinking the supply is going to be well outclassed by demand for a while. not every artist will have been vaccinated, might not feel it safe, different nations will be in different stages of vaccination, and some may be afraid to commit to a tour after what happened in 2020. we'll get there eventually but i can see pickings being slim for a bit.

Red Nerussi (Neanderthal), Monday, 1 March 2021 22:24 (four months ago) link

I saw no concerts in 2020. Last one was Lana del Rey in November 2019, insanely packed show where it was hard to walk through the crowd. In 2020 I had tickets to see Vampire Weekend (taking my kids to their first concert, was the plan), SOBxRBE with ShooterGang Kony,The Decemberists with Fruit Bats, and maybe some others.

erasingclouds, Monday, 1 March 2021 23:51 (four months ago) link

I didn't go to any shows in 2020 before the pandemic hit but I was supposed to see the 1975 (for the third time) and the Radio Dept

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Tuesday, 2 March 2021 01:16 (four months ago) link

I went to quite a few. still remember going to Overkill on 3/10 and realizing this was probably the last one for a while (though in my mind, a "while" meant like 2-3 months - I still hadn't firmly grasped what was happening).

I got really drunk as a result because I knew it was the last one for a bit. the outdoor drive-thru Gwar show last year was the only other one since then.

Red Nerussi (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 2 March 2021 02:18 (four months ago) link

still hadn't firmly grasped what was happening).

It could have been three months if the government had acted

(It could be only another three months if the replacement government would act)

grab bag cum trash bag (sic), Tuesday, 2 March 2021 02:42 (four months ago) link

lordy, don't remind me. the memories of last year's colossal government bungling already have me ready to destroy my laptop.

Red Nerussi (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 2 March 2021 02:45 (four months ago) link

last saw: Mulatu Astatke, which itself had been rescheduled two or three times for at least a year. Glad that finally happened.

Rescheduled: Dead Can Dance (rescheduled to this May from last spring; not optimistic that this is going to happen either); Motley Crue/Def Lepperd/Joan Jett. Rescheduled to this July. Might happen? Not sure. It's outdoors at least. Pet Shop Boys and New Order: pushed out to this November. Maybe.

Cancelled: FKA Twigs (really bummed about this one); Nick Cave.

akm, Tuesday, 2 March 2021 17:38 (four months ago) link

my last concert was a year ago today: King Promise (including guest appearances by several Dutch-Ghanaian and Dutch-Surinamese artist friends). i was quite wary to go and stayed on the balcony, with as few people around me as possible. the next day our government instated a lockdown. it was a good show.

Blick, Bils & Blinky • Let's Skip The Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Thursday, 11 March 2021 08:40 (four months ago) link

meanwhile, after having been postponed from last June to April first, the Céline Dion show I have (quite expensive) tickets for has now been rescheduled for (gulp) September 2022.

Blick, Bils & Blinky • Let's Skip The Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Thursday, 11 March 2021 08:46 (four months ago) link

monstrosity was the last one I caught

but was gearing up for a busy month or two. had tickets for: haru nemuri, steve roach, crowbar/sepultura, squarepusher, coffins

all cancelled, sucks

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Thursday, 11 March 2021 16:23 (four months ago) link

lol i just got an email from a promoter announcing an indoor show, love the optimism guys

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Tuesday, 23 March 2021 21:36 (four months ago) link

Nowadays in BK is reopening and I've heard murmurs of April shows from at least one other NYC venue
it's gonna happen; here's hoping it's measured and responsible

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 23 March 2021 21:59 (four months ago) link

variant numbers are rising everywhere so nothing short of putting everyone in plastic bubbles will be "measured and responsible"

anyway I should also mention I'm in Ontario, Canada where the vaccine rollout has been atrocious

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Tuesday, 23 March 2021 23:44 (four months ago) link

measured and responsible means "in June" in my mind

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 24 March 2021 00:02 (four months ago) link

lol i just got an email from a promoter announcing an indoor show, love the optimism guys

― self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Tuesday, March 23, 2021 9:36 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

While it doesn't make sense to most (including me), I have seen photos of indoor shows in the northern Virginia suburbs of DC for awhile now. Some Instagram story clips I have seen included people standing and crowded together (kinda like a Florida spring break crowd) often without masks. Sadly, some don't care about measured and responsible.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 24 March 2021 03:25 (four months ago) link

I usually avoid Medium articles, but this one (on the subject at hand) appears to be good:


beer drops on my keytar (morrisp), Wednesday, 24 March 2021 04:58 (four months ago) link

That is all accurate

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 24 March 2021 11:13 (four months ago) link

there's gonna be a lot of this kinda stuff but this one looks partic egregious: $45 to dance in place in public for an hour while David Byrne yells at you over an intercom

Beginning on Friday, April 9, SOCIAL! the social distance dance club offers an interactive music and movement-based experience conceived by choreographer Steven Hoggett, Tony Award-winning set designer Christine Jones—both of whom are currently Armory Artists-in-Residence—and multimedia artist and musician David Byrne (Talking Heads, David Byrne's American Utopia on stage and film, and Reasons to be Cheerful). With a playlist curated by Byrne, Hoggett, and Jones and mixed by New York City DJ Natasha Diggs, SOCIAL! invites participants to the Armory's Wade Thompson Drill Hall to dance in their own socially distanced spotlights, all while listening to a wonderfully singular instructional voice over by David Byrne with choreography by Yasmine Lee. Moving free-form or in sync with the spoken choreography, audience members take part in a communal moment of cathartic release.

Get tickets now to be a part of this one-of-a-kind participatory dance experience.

After purchasing your ticket, you will receive an instructional dance video and welcome message from David Byrne. There will also be "dance ambassadors" mixed in the crowd to lead you through the moves—or you can choose your own style!

SOCIAL! the social distance dance club
A Social Distance Hall Production
Previews: Friday, April 9–Sunday, April 11, 2021
Performances: Tuesday, April 13–Thursday, April 22, 2021
Tickets: $45 (plus fees)
SOCIAL! is approximately 55 minutes with no intermission. This is a solitary participatory dance experience unsuitable for children under 10.

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 24 March 2021 15:24 (four months ago) link

I just want to know why kids under 10 aren't allowed to participate

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Wednesday, 24 March 2021 15:35 (four months ago) link

not cool enough

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 24 March 2021 15:48 (four months ago) link

Steven Wilson just cancelled his European tour and is not rescheduling it. I have tickets for Van der Graaf Generator in the autumn but I'm not optimistic.

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Wednesday, 24 March 2021 15:55 (four months ago) link

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