Neil Young has said that music concerts held amid the pandemic are “super-spreader events” and blamed their promoters.
“The big promoters, if they had the awareness, could stop these shows,” Young wrote in a new post, titled “Concerts and Covid,” on his website Neil Young Archives.
“Live Nation, AEG and the other big promoters could shut this down if they could just forget about making money for a while… They control much of the entertainment business,” Young claimed. “They hold the power to stop shows where thousands congregate and spread. It’s money that keeps it going. Money that motivates the spreading. The big promoters are responsible for super spreaders.”
“I don’t want to let anybody down, but still can’t shake the feeling that it might not be safe for everyone. I worry about audiences coming together in these times,” he added.
In Young’s opinion, “We were endangering others” by attending public concerts.
The veteran musician recently pulled out of Willie Nelson‘s 2021 Farm Aid festival, which is scheduled for September.
He explained that he did so “for fear that unprotected children may become infected with Covid by folks who went to the show, caught the virus, had no symptoms and returned home to hug their kids or someone else’s kids.”
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