by Steve Watson

June 9, 2021



As America begins to open back up, fears of a two tier society are becoming a reality with the announcement that popular bands and artists will perform live shows, but only for fully vaccinated audiences.

Three gigs in particular made headlines as it was confirmed that Bruce Springsteen will revive his Broadway musical starting June 26th, New York band The Strokes will play at Irving Plaza on June 12, and The Foo Fighters will perform to a capacity audience at Madison Square Garden on June 20.

The one thing all three events have in common is that anyone wishing to attend will have to prove that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

It isn’t yet clear how this will be enforced, but its likely to be via a vaccine passport system such as the “Excelsior Pass” that was tested at several events in New York earlier in the year, including sports events at MSG.

The Excelsior Pass is based on a health pass system developed by IBM, meaning that it can easily be adapted for use by events organisers or on a city, state or nation-wide basis.

In addition to the events mentioned above, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced advance plans for a celebratory concert to be held in Central Park this August.

NBC News reports:

Although no lineup has been set yet, de Blasio said he wants a three-hour show for 60,000 fans and eight “iconic” musicians performing. There will be both vaccinated and non-vaccinated sections; at least 70 percent of the tickets will go to people who can prove that they got the shot, however. Most tickets will be free.

So much for assurances that there won’t be a segregation of society based on vaccinations then.

A poll released in April found that over half of Americans are on board with vaccination passports.

As we previously highlighted, musicians who have voiced opposition to such vaccine passport systems face cancelation and ostracisation from the live circuit.