Yhdysvaltalaisen rock-yhtye Halestormin laulaja Lzzy Hale kertoi aiemmin tässä kuussa, etteivät monet bändit tule selviytymään korona-ajasta ja sen mukanaan tuomista ongelmista. Nyt Lzzy Hale on antanut Forbes-medialle haastattelun, jossa hän on avannut aiempaa kommenttiaan. Hänen mukaansa ihmisillä on liian ruusuinen käsitys yhtyeiden elintasoista. Monella tuntuu olevan olettamus, että mikäli bändillä on levy-yhtiö takanaan ja albumi tulossa, he ovat automaattisesti miljonäärejä. Näin ei kuitenkaan ole, vaan suurin osa tuloista saadaan nimenomaan kiertueilta, jotka puolestaan eivät ole tällä hetkellä mahdollisia. Lzzy Hale kertoi:
”Well I think that a lot of people look at musicians and look at people that have record labels or albums coming out and they think ’oh they’re set, they’ve made it, and they’re millionaires’. And it doesn’t help that some of those people are flaunting their mansions and stuff, or that some of the people of note and the legendary people are doing a lot of that. I think that if you are somebody of note and you have saved up and you have a brand that you have built over the years, maybe you’re going to be able to hang on for a little while longer.
I remember putting out our first record and literally having twenty dollars to my name and being like do I use this to get lunch? A lot of these younger bands that have released a record or are attached to labels they’re not getting that financial help that everybody thinks they are. And that comes with the mystique of rock n’ roll, ’oh yeah you’ve made it and you’re on a label, you must be well off’. But I feel for some of these kids because think about it, you’ve spent all of this time making a record and you’ve put you’re life into it, and you’re dependent on this summer touring cycle to help you promote it and get you’re name out there.
There are a lot of young bands that we’re just not going to hear about because of all of this. They’re going to have to go back and get normal jobs and start all over again. I think about it with my reality too depending on how long this goes on. We had played the biggest places that we’ve ever played overseas, and during this last record cycle we were really building something there, but do we have to start over again because of this?
It’s a very strange time, everybody needs to be smart and have some sympathy, especially during this time because everybody is affected, it’s not just one class of people, everybody is being affected by this. The reality is it’s going to be a new world even if everything kind of goes back to ’okay now we can tour’. Well that’s going to be different too, are meet n’ greets going to be the same, are crowds going to be the same, is it going to be like when you go to the grocery store and have to stand six feet apart?”