Shinedown singer Brent Smith was recently interviewed by FM99 WNOR radio station about touring after the pandemic.
He said: “It’s going to come back. It’s gonna have to come back in a way that is… There’s gonna be different protocol. But don’t have a knee-jerk reaction when someone says ‘the new normal,’ because that could be, and should be, a good thing. Because a lot of what I’m seeing, and a lot of the discussions I’ve been in with a lot of the people that we’ve worked with for over two decades now — from our trucking, our buses, our lighting, our pyrotechnics, our staging; all of these types of elements — that infrastructure, and the buildings and the festivals and the clubs and the theaters and the stadiums, they’re all doing the infrastructure right now to massively take the sanitation level and standard way up. So when you come into these buildings and stuff like that, it’s not nasty, it’s not dirty — it’s clean. And adding these things to where it’s keeping people accountable for things.
“One of the biggest things that we know is that the UV light therapy is huge for that because it just annihilates a lot of viruses,” he continued. “A lot of that’s been in the news here lately, but there’s a lot of arenas right now, there’s a lot of different places — clubs, theaters — that are getting ready to be able to have that standard to make their environment clean for their patrons and make it safe for everybody to come in. And that’s not a bad thing.”
Smith continued: “It may take a moment. It will obviously take certain people a little longer to feel comfortable, but I make you a very real and solid promise. The number one thing — and we were always doing this before this pandemic happened — but I wanna rest everyone assured, from us to our fanbase, whether you’ve been there from the beginning or you’re just finding out who we are when it is time, and we can be with each other again, your safety will always be the number one priority — not only your physical safety but your health, your mental health… But we will never, ever sacrifice, and we will never cut corners when it comes to the public safety of our audience, no matter what country we’re playing. So please rest assured we would never put you in a dangerous environment like that. We will be with each other again. It may take a little bit of time. But always know that we always have your safety as our number one priority.”