Few industries are less suited for an era of social distancing than the concert business, built as it is around masses of people gathering shoulder-to-shoulder. So in mid-March, as the United States began to realize how widely the coronavirus was spreading domestically, scheduled concerts and festivals flew off the calendar, leaving musicians, behind-the-scenes employees and large companies adrift and unsure of the future. In the latest episode of our Rolling Stone Music Now podcast, host Brian Hiatt is joined by senior music business editor Amy X. Wang and staff writers Samantha Hissong and Ethan Millman to try to make sense of one of the most devastating weeks the music business has ever seen, and try to figure out what might be next.
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