Live Nation will explore "fan-less concerts and reduced capacity shows," with return to full-scale operation projected for late 2021

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The coronavirus pandemic has put the live music industry into full shutdown mode for the foreseeable future.

As for how long the stop will last, and how the industry will eventually restart, Michael Rapino, CEO for global concert promoter Live Nation, laid out some of his ideas in a recent quarterly earnings call.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.