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CNBC: Big concerts will be ‘the last thing’ to return from coronavirus shutdowns, says Metallica’s Lars Ulrich

Nov 10, 2020

Rock bands playing arena concerts in front of tens of thousands of fans will likely be an indication that the coronavirus crisis has subsided in earnest, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich said Tuesday at CNBC’s Evolve Summit.

However, it might be a while before the shows return from their pandemic-induced pause, Ulrich said, estimating it could be a year “at the earliest.”

“As we unfortunately have to come to grips with, the last thing that will happen are big concerts, you know 20,000 people in an arena, 50,000 people in a stadium,” Ulrich told journalist and CNBC contributor Kara Swisher. Live sporting events are much easier to bring back than concerts, he added, given they are “slightly more orderly” than a sold-out rock show tends to be.

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