Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and Nirvana wrote an impassioned Op-Ed at The Atlantic about our collective depression over the coronavirus’s impact on the entire global music industry. Dave a fan of concerts himself, as well as a performer, who has had his Foo Fighters 25th anniversary Van Tour and day-long festival, DC Jam canceled. Dave echoed the feelings of all of us and also pleaded for folks to hang in there, even making a quarantine playlist.
“There is nothing like the energy and atmosphere of live music. It is the most life-affirming experience, to see your favorite performer onstage, in the flesh, rather than as a one-dimensional image glowing in your lap as you spiral down a midnight YouTube wormhole. Even our most beloved superheroes become human in person. Imagine being at Wembley Stadium in 1985 as Freddie Mercury walked onstage for the Live Aid benefit concert. Forever regarded as one of the most triumphant live performances of all time (clocking in at a mere 22 minutes) Freddie and Queen somehow managed to remind us that behind every rock god is someone who puts on their studded arm bracelet, absurdly tight white tank, and stonewashed jeans one pant leg at a time just like the rest of us. But, it wasn’t necessarily Queen’s musical magic that made history that day. It was Freddie’s connection with the audience that transformed that dilapidated soccer stadium into a sonic cathedral. In broad daylight, he majestically made 72,000 people his instrument, joining them in harmonious unison.”