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Chris Jericho Defends Fozzy’s Live Shows This Week After Facing Criticism For Lack Of Social Distancing


Fozzy have drawn criticism after playing several live shows this week in South Dakota, North Dakota and Iowa. Criticism has been directed toward the band and their frontman Chris Jericho for the alleged lack of social distancing and masks in place for the audiences at at least one of the shows. Those previously booked dates were given the green light to go in response to apparent low numbers of COVID-19 cases in the regions.

Speaking via his ‘Saturday Night Special‘ web series, Jericho said of the shows:

“The reason why the shows are happening — have happened; we did two already, and we’ve got our third one tonight — is because these states of North Dakota and South Dakota have low COVID cases; less than a thousand in both states. I think Florida had, like, nine thousand today alone. The venues are kind of either outside or they’re half capacity.

We’re sold out tonight in Minot with, I think, 50 percent capacity. Last night, we were sold out in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with, I think it was 35 percent capacity. We hand out masks at the door, there are temperature checks — all that sort of stuff. We basically just stay on the bus all day. Everyone in the Fozzy camp — crew and band — has been tested.”

He added:

“It’s been so great to be back on stage again after seven months. The last gig we played was on the Jericho cruise, which is so hard to believe — it was like on a different planet, back in the days before the ‘rona changed everything.”


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