The Pandemic of 2020 really broke the entertainment industry. With a full year of shows lined up, contracts signed, deposits received, show day sheets prepared and travel arrangements made, WE WERE READY TO ROCK!
Que the Pandemic!
At first, David Victor Presents had to postpone a few shows for THE HITS OF BOSTON & MORE and BOHEMIAN QUEEN till later in the year, then a couple months in to COVID, shows were being pushed further into 2020 and some into 2021, and now, into 2022.
Add a few more months of lockdown in 2020, summer shows were being canceled altogether and Fall shows were pushed to 2021. This created another booking debacle for 2021, as there were less available dates to fill with 2020 shows being pushed to 2021.
The Domino Effect of a Pandemic
Can you imagine the domino effect of a lockdown on the entertainment industry? Tribute band musicians all of a sudden have lost that extra income, or for some, their total income! Most have full-time jobs to fall back on, but those jobs are now in jeopardy too.
Next domino…theaters and venues have to scramble to reschedule, postpone or cancel shows till later in the year. BUT later in 2020 never came for most. Those shows that were pushed to later in 2020 now, again, are being rescheduled, postponed or canceled.
Venues now are forced to lay off or furlough box office personnel, stage hands, technical employees, most office workers, marketing departments. If they were lucky, the director of the venue got to stay on to manage the chaos, but a lot did not get to stay and the venues were just ‘CLOSED’.
What about all the agents, talent buyers and promoters? They now have no shows to book, nothing to promote, and are probably scrambling to deal with deposits that were sent and contracts that were signed.
BUT, David Victor Presents never skipped a beat. No one could even guess what was in the music industry’s future, so we kept emailing venues with our new creation, BOHEMIAN QUEEN. WHAT A YEAR TO TOUT A NEW SHOW! For the lucky venue directors that still had their jobs, the interest in Bohemian Queen was strong, but they couldn’t even think about confirming a date because no one knew when this would end!
BOHEMIAN QUEEN – THE SHOW MUST GO ON!
The Pandemic didn’t stop the creative juices of Bohemian Queen. The fellas performed a virtual concert in May and used their ‘down’ time to release several brilliantly pieced-together videos that were used to email venues and keep fans and social media peeps entertained throughout the year. Their holiday video was the icing on the cake!
Two David Victor Shows Survive the 2020 Pandemic Lockdowns
David Victor and his show THE HITS OF BOSTON & MORE was one of few that actually performed in 2020 twice, in Albuquerque New Mexico in January 2020 and Lawrenceburg Indiana in September 2020. Those two classic rock shows made everyone involved really appreciate the music, the fans, the comradery and the total experience.
After quite a few months of this madness, everyone is wondering when concerts will ever resume and how they have to be presented using social distancing, masks, and vaccine requirements as the new norm. As a few venues sheepishly reopened, their capacity was limited, cleaning crews were brought in to continuously wipe down handrails, etc., masks of course were a must, and continued social distancing was in place.
Maybe the last Domino?
In the last week, we noticed that less emails to venue directors were bouncing, some auto-replies actually indicated the person would be back soon, AND, the biggest response was A RESPONSE! Venue directors that previously expressed interest in BOHEMIAN QUEEN or THE HITS OF BOSTON & MORE are now asking for available dates. THEY ARE READY TO TALK, WE ARE READY TO ROCK, and we have been giving out available dates like candy!
If you are hungry for a live classic rock concert, keep an eye on our UPCOMING SHOWS page, as it is about to explode!
LIVE MUSIC IS ON THE HORIZON! THE SHOW MUST GO ON!