Shooting could alter live music experience

Published 10:53 am Thursday, June 23, 2016

The terrorist attack on the Bataclan Theater in Paris on Nov. 13 that killed dozens of people attending a concert by the Eagles of Death Metal caused changes within the music industry.

The June 10 killing of singer Christina Grimmie after a show in Orlando has the potential to radically alter the industry as well.

Fans — specifically their behavior in the weeks and months ahead — will play a big role in shaping the future of live music.

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The attack on the Bataclan shattered the escapism that comes with music — particularly live music. The Bataclan — and to that point, all live music venues — was a safe haven, a place that fans could get away from bills and stress for a few hours. The attack altered that insulated dreamland…

The shooting death of Ms. Grimmie cut even deeper into the psyche of the industry. She was killed during a meet-and-greet — a magical time for fans when they get to shake hands, hug, and take pictures with artists they follow and admire…

Live music can be transformative, inspiring, and magical. There is no reason that this has to change. The reactions and behavior of fans can go a long ways toward ensuring that it does not.


The (Toledo) Blade