In Flames vocalist Anders Fridén isn't exactly optimistic about the return of live shows. In an interview with Kaaos TV, Fridén said there's no deadline for when shows will return and that it's not as cut-and-dry as everyone thinks.
"We don't have a [projected] date [for the return of live concerts]. If we at least had a date, where people in control could say, 'Okay, January 1st, you can go back to do what you do. But our whole business is pretty much on hold. Everyone that's working for us and around us — agents, people that work on stage — I mean, everyone [is] affected by this, of course. And it's not that easy to start this machine immediately like that. And I don't think politicians realize that. It's not like we take a guitar and go play a show. It's not that easy, especially for a touring band [of] our size."
Fridén also said he doesn't see the return of festivals happening in 2021 either.
"I don't think there's gonna be festivals next summer," he said. "I think the festival owners and organizers still say [there's] gonna be, but I don't think there's gonna be that many people in one place. It's kind of sad when you think about it."
One UK festival promoter thinks rapid COVID-19 testing at festival sites might be the answer, while others have pitched everything from virtual concerts to drive-in concerts. The latter seems to be winning out, considering everyone from Metallica to Gwar has been doing some form of drive-in shows.