If and when the concert industry returns, don't expect to see the Eagles, Van Halen, Dead & Company, The Doobie Brothers and many others doing social-distancing shows.
Irving Azoff, whose Azoff Company manages all those acts and many others, tells Pollstar, the concert industry publication, "There’s not going to be lower capacities for my acts... We’re not reducing any capacities.We’ll stay home until we can reopen. And, by the way, we’re not really good guinea pigs. I don’t want to subject bands to that [risk], we need to know it’s safe. We have to protect the fans and the acts."
Asked what he's been saying to his artists during the pandemic, he says, "I tell everybody, first, no matter how old you are, this virus is still too wild and unpredictable, and if you’re gonna get it, you don’t want to get it now, you want to get it later. Do what you can to follow the rules and keep your family and everybody safe. Second, be as generous as you can to your employees and your crews and your people, and if you’re really in trouble, let us know and we’ll try to figure out a way to help you."
And as for when he thinks tours will start up, he says, "I personally would be very happy to get people back on the road by next summer, and if they’re not on the road by next fall, that’s a disaster, obviously. It’s a disaster either way. I don’t think we’re looking at anything before next summer. It all depends on vaccines and treatment how quickly we get back, and how much long term damage have we really done to the economy...
"Yeah. I see nothing to convince me that a return in the summer of 2021 is good."
Other acts Azoff and his staff handle include Gwen Stefani, John Mayer, Harry Styles, Maroon 5, Florida Georgia Line, Lizzo and Jon Bon Jovi.