Concerts making a comeback 

Hailey Weiner

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Progression at Etowah
September 16, 2021
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Cancelling concerts and shutting down cities, COVID-19 devastated the 2020 performance schedule, but entertainment is making a comeback in 2021. Many were disappointed when their plans were ruined; however, with concerts resuming, students are eager to purchase tickets to see their favorite artists.  

“I personally believe that the atmosphere and environment at concerts is really helpful for being social and being around others which helps me relate to how life was before the [pandemic],” Collan McGowan, freshman, said.  

Pitbull’s ‘Feel Good’ Tour is making its appearance in Georgia on Oct. 10, and although it is on a Sunday night, students have expressed their excitement to attend. The ‘Feel Good’ Tour will include some of Pitbull’s most popular songs, including “Timber,” “Feel This Moment,” and “Don’t Stop The Party.” The opening performance by Iggy Azalea has attracted even more attention to the event. To enter, a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to the concert is required unless one can show proof of being fully vaccinated for at least two weeks. While “it is going down” at the Pitbull concert, pop/ hip hop is not the only music genre for students to enjoy. 

“This is the first concert I am able to go to since COVID-19, so I am really hyped to see Pitbull. It is nice that life is starting to go back to normal again, and we can do the things we enjoy,” Brooke Belsito, junior, said.  

Though he has been one of the most well-known artists in the world since 2010, ‘Love on Tour’ will only be Harry Style’s second tour since becoming a solo artist. Jenny Lewis, former band member of Rilo Kiley, will be opening, followed by Style’s Fine Line album along with five classics — featuring 17 songs in total. Similar to Pitbull’s tour, proof of vaccination for two weeks or a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of the concert will be mandatory to enter, and masks are being enforced. ‘Love on Tour’ will be traveling to the State Farm Arena on Oct. 28-29, and students at Etowah are already planning their outfits to impress the style icon they “adore.”  

“I’m so excited to go see Harry Styles live, and I’ve already picked out what I’ll be wearing, so I can stand out. I have been a fan for a while now, and I love his music. There are requirements we have to follow in order to go, such as wearing a mask and having the vaccine. I’m happy to follow these rules if it means I can see my favorite person live,” Madeline Mueller, sophomore, said. 

Heavy metal. Hard rock. Punk. Metallica  is making its way to Georgia with its ‘WorldWired’ Tour on Nov. 6. While Metallica is the center of the concert, bands Cage the Elephant and Greta Van Fleet will also be featured. Some of Metallica’s most well-known songs they will play include “Enter Sandman” and “For Whom the Bells Toll.” The bands are performing at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and while the COVID-19 restrictions are not as limiting as other concerts, the location is requiring all visitors to wear masks in enclosed spaces. Concert attendees are pleased that the band is finishing the tour they began in 2016 and are hoping to “head off to never-never land” with this performance.  

“I think Metallica’s music is cool, and I enjoy listening to them,” Rand Miller, junior, said. 

Some other performances coming to Georgia in 2021 include the Rolling Stones, One MusicFest, and KISS. As many of the world’s activities have begun to return since COVID-19 had shut them down, concerts are a way for students to enjoy themselves and finally feel normal again.