I hated giving up concerts and live music during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Naturally, these environments were some of the most dangerous places you could find yourself during the worst peaks in viral transmission.
I personally know several professional musicians who had tours planned in 2020 and 2021 that they were forced to cancel at the last second. How are you supposed to suddenly support yourself as a musician if you can no longer play live. Record sales are such a tiny chunk of revenue for most artists, and that includes streaming money as well. Even though the risk of viral transmission isn’t gone these days, it’s a lot safer to attend a concert in 2022 wearing a mask because both vaccines and weaker variants of the virus have led to a diminished risk. If you get sick these days, there’s a good chance you’ll recover if you’re not dealing with pre-existing health conditions like a heart problem or something similar. My wife and I were so excited for our concert that we decided to stop at the medical marijuana dispensary first to load up on cannabis products. Since you’re not allowed to use cannabis products in public in my state, that means you could get in trouble for taking hits from a joint or a cannabis vaporizer cartridge. We bought a bunch of marijuana edibles to eat before the concert instead. By the time the main act was starting, the cannabis edibles had finally absorbed into our bodies and we could feel a great body buzz taking hold. It was an amazing concert experience for us both.