Top 5 Post-COVID Shows

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a cascading waterfall of cancelled and postponed 2020 concerts. It is one of the many unfortunate side effects of virus. There is obviously a bigger picture health concern, but the ripple effects are widespread. Just as many people cannot go to work or restaurants, fans are missing out on the concerts they had been eagerly anticipating for months.

That being said, for the tours that have postponed until late 2020 and into 2021, the hope is that shows and the crowds will come back bigger and better than ever. Like every industry there will definitely be some sort of a transition period with various steps and mitigation calculations. However, while there is a lot of talk about a “new normal” post-COVID, I would argue we will be back to a new “old normal” before we realize it. It happened after 9/11. Sure, TSA changed, but soon enough people were flying even more. And with PreCheck and CLEAR, you can be back to the “old normal.” It’s the new “old normal.”

With that in mind, I wanted to look ahead to some positives. What do we have to look forward to? Well here is my list of the five artists and bands who will be at the top of my list to see post-COVID that make the most sense for when getting out is long overdue.

#5: Lizzo

While everyone on this list are great musical artists, the more important theme of this list is being a top-notch entertainer. I am looking for great performances not just great music. Post-COVID, it needs to be all about finding the best experiences. And the 2019 Time’s Entertainer of the Year kicks off this list perfectly. While see may have lost some allure recently, let’s hope she gets her groove back and helps lift us out of the depression of 2020.

#4: Elton John

The Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour seemed like it had no end. Until COVID that is. Hopefully it doesn’t become permanent because Sir Elton deserves to go out on top on his own terms. The ultimate showman is the definition of can’t miss. With a greater appreciation of the value of live performances due to lockdowns, what better way to check off something that may or may not be on your bucket list but should have been.

#3: BTS

I have to see what the hype is about. BTS is a true global sensation analogous to The Beatles. I’ve listened to their songs, and they are definitely good. But their live performances are legendary. And that is what this list is about. Post-COVID, I am looking for the best and wildest experiences. The ones that I may have passed on before.

#4: Metallica

The legendary heavy metal band had a few shows pre-COVID disruption but currently has several international shows that were postponed. Metallica is a band that I have never seen live, and when quarantine forces to think about what you have been missing out on, seeing them live comes to mind. It’s also difficult to think of a better post-COVID banger to release back into the wild to.

#1: Billie Eilish

Maybe a no-brainer, but it’s not as easy a pick as the stats show. Eilish might have been as under the radar as a recent 5 Grammy winner can get. Your average person might still not know who she is. For awhile she was the type of artist that even knowledgeable fans had heard of her but not too much. You know, the kind of artist who once someone tells you the song on the radio is her you say “Oh that’s Billie Eilish. I love her songs!” Well at about the time COVID-19 news was starting to hit the world, the young phenon was selling out arenas left and right and sweeping Grammy awards. And attending a concert with star-crazed teens? It can’t get more post-COVID than that.

Whenever live concerts are back, I imagine these shows will be can’t miss events even more than before. Because it is not a matter of if but when we will be back to rocking out together. Social distancing will eventually be a thing of the past. It is not part of our nature. So get ready to rock!