Noted Metal Booking Agent Feels Touring Won’t Be Viable Again Until 2021


Daniel DeFonce of Continental Touring (and Unique Leader Records) recently voiced his concerns on how he feels the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to impact live touring for some time to come.

Some bands and booking agents are hopeful things will begin to return to normal around the summer. As such, they have been rescheduling previously postponed runs for that time frame, However, DeFonce, who overseas the booking of numerous acts and packages, including the recently postponed ‘Devastation On The Nation Tour, feels that they may be jumping the gun.

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Speaking via a series of tweets shared yesterday, April 06th, DeFonce laid out the timeline he currently sees as being the most realistic:

“Too many people are being optimistic about touring in my opinion. This is very hard for me to even say. My life revolves around bands going on tour.”

“My opinion on when touring will start back up? Early 2021. Even if tours happen later this year…”

“If tours happen later this year, the turnouts will be cut in half, capacity of venues will be cut in half or even lower, if they are still in business. People will still be scared to go out even if social distancing is lifted.”

“How many promoters will have funds to back up the loss of any shows? I also see a lot of deals being turned into door deals. How many bands can leave home to play shows for door deals?”

“As each day goes by, it gets scarier and scarier how serious this virus is getting. My girlfriend works at a hospital. I hear about this stuff everyday she comes home from work. About all the changes they’re making, how she may have to hop between different hospitals.”

“Please chime in with your opinions if you’d like…”

“As everyday goes by, I am mentally preparing myself to have to start looking for a new job outside of the music industry. It’s just what I will need to do and I am preparing myself for that.”

[via Metal Injection]