The Dropkick Murphys have no plans to stop playing their St. Patrick’s Day shows – but there are a few changes.
Instead of a live concert in front of an audience, the band will live stream an audience-free performance. While some sports like wrestling and UFC are continuing without spectators, this is the first major music performance to do so. The move may encourage other artists who have rescheduled concerts to do the same.
The Dropkick Murphys will live stream an audience-free show in Boston later tonight.
The show starts March 17, 4 pm PST/7 pm EST and will be available on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook. The band says the show must go on in a statement on its website.
“We hope you and your families are doing well during this trying time,” the statement starts. “For the first time in 24 years, we are not playing on St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The current world situation is the ONLY thing that would ever stop us from doing so,” the band continues.
The live stream concert is free to everyone all over the world. The coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world has resulted in massive disruptions to the live music industry. Several artists like Elton John, Mariah Carey, the Foo Fighters, and more are rescheduling tours entirely.
Events like SXSW and Ultra Miami are effectively canceled this year – some not offering refunds. Live Nation stock is in a free-fall as the cancellations continue to roll in. Live performances like this continuing help give a return to a sense of normalcy in these trying times.
President Trump and his cabinet are considering a stimulus package to help Americans affected. Remember, while arenas and venues are closed, many staff are furloughed or out of work for the duration. One step being considered is a $1,000 stimulus package to nearly every American.