Quiet Riot singer Jizzy Pearl has surprisingly harsh words for musicians who are hosting virtual concerts.
Concert promotion and live touring have ground to a halt since February of 2020. Unfortunately, it shows no signs of picking back up, with a new spate of cancellations for 2021 rolling in. But that hasn’t stopped Quiet Riot singer Jizzy Pearl from chiming in with his opinion.
Jizzy took to his Facebook page to put virtual concerts and musicians who host them on blast. “A lot of people have given up on playing live. It’s been a year, and this Zoom shit is old and goofy at this point. Your Rock Star mystique is not enhanced by the visual of you sitting at your computer; I don’t care if you’re Brian May,” Jizzy rants.
“Also, the constant pandering for money… doesn’t look good. We, as musicians, all have bills for sure, but Jesus. Maybe that Mercedes SUV wasn’t a good idea,” he continues.
Pearl took a lot of heat from fans and other industry professionals for that opinion. But that didn’t stop him from following up on Facebook with another comment. “I took a little heat about my last post – insensitive; some might say,” Pearl begins. “People gotta eat, some might say. Yes, that’s true, I’m in the same boat as everyone else; all work has evaporated,” the Quiet Riot singer admits.
“‘When’s it coming back?’ I don’t know; nobody does. But doing weekly StageIts and weekly tip jars? It’s like slowly cutting off pieces of yourself, selling yourself short bit-by-bit. When it’s all over, who’s gonna want to pay $20 or $30 to see you or your band when they’ve seen you for $5?” he asks.
The notion that concert tickets ‘only cost $20-$30’ is a ridiculous one in itself. After Ticketmaster fees and surcharges, you’re looking at a $100 seat for the nosebleeds for any popular artist born after 1980.
But Jizzy Pearl didn’t stop the rant there. He had a few choice things to say about virtual concerts, too.
“And the new normal is virtual concerts?” he asks. “That’s awesome, so instead of doing 20 or 30 shows a year, I get to do just one? How exciting! What about the rest of the year, no more touring? This is our wonderful future?”
For now, the answer is yes, Jizzy Pearl. Dr. Anthony Fauci says he believes live events may resume this fall if 70% of America receives the vaccine. That’s dependent upon the vaccine rollout going as planned.