Corey Taylor’s Covid-19-Safe Spring Tour Has Almost Entirely Sold Out
By the time Corey Taylor’s “Covid-19-safe” spring solo tour rolls around in May, it will have been well over a year since most of us have watched a live band perform (unless you attended one of Steel Panther’s super-spreader events in Florida last year). I’d venture that the appetite for live music is ravenous… we NEED it! And, needless to say, the appetite for The Greatest Man on Earth himself is always ravenous.
And judging by the initial sales for Taylor’s tour, it seems most folks are just as ready to have rock music pumped into their eardrums as I am. In a post to social media over the weekend, Taylor (or whoever is handling his social media accounts now that he no longer does) revealed that 19 out of the tour’s 24 dates are already sold out only a little more than week after they were announced, with a handful of additional shows added in some of the tour’s existing cities. Now, two days later, that number could be even higher.
While most of the venues on the tour fall in the 800 to 2,000 capacity range, Corey insisted that there will be a blanket set of regulations enforced by the tour regardless of location, and that attendees will be seated in socially distanced pods consisting of the folks they attend with. That means the effective capacity of each show will be much lower, although how much so isn’t clear; I’d wager somewhere between 20% and 50%.
Still, that these dates are selling so well is a good sign for the eventual full-scale return of live touring, whenever that happens. Fall, perhaps? I’m hopeful.
In a recent op-ed for Rolling Stone, Taylor called out “cancel culture,” arguing that while it’s important to address “real issues, like systemic racism, toxic sexism, abusing positions of power, discrimination, and all the trimmings that go with these problems,” many folks are often too quick to “cancel” those who have made a mistake without allowing for an opportunity to grow.
Dates for the tour, including the newly added ones, are below. Corey’s wife Alicia’s dance troupe, The Cherry Bombs, will open.
May 18 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee Backyard
May 20 – Lubbock, TX – Lonestar Event Center
May 21 – San Antonio, TX – Vibes Event Center
May 22 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
May 24 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Outdoors
May 25 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Outdoors
May 26 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
May 28 – St. Louis, MO – Pop’s
May 29 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
May 30 – Chattanooga, TN – The Signal
June 01 – Belvidere, IL – The Apollo Theatre
June 03 – Green Bay, WI – Epic Event Center
June 04 – Green Bay, WI – Epic Event Center
June 05 – Fort Wayne, IN – Piere’s Entertainment Center
June 07 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
June 08 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
June 09 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
June 11 – Detroit, MI – Harpo’s
June 12 – East Moline, IL – Rust Belt
June 13 – East Moline, IL – Rust Belt
June 15 – Dubuque, IA – Five Flags Event Center
June 17 – Des Moines, IA – Horizon Event Center
June 18 – Wichita, KS – The Cotillion Ballroom
June 19 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre