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Metal booking agent doesn't think touring will resume until 2021

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 7:07 PM PT

Longtime metal booking agent Daniel DeFonce is not particularly sanguine when it comes to the resumption of the concert industry, which remains sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Defonce, who works for both Continental Touring (Origin, Ingested, Zao, etc.) and Unique Leader Records, doesn't think touring will resume until early 2021.

Speaking via Twitter (see below), Defonce had this to say:

"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, 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.

"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.

"Also, I'd like to state that I hope this is not the case. At this current moment though, this is just how I feel about things."