With touring currently off, hundreds of music industry workers have found their livelihoods severely affected. As well as donating to health causes, bands have also been raising money for Musicares, a charity set up to help techs, sound engineers, drivers, tour managers and many others whose work is currently on hold.
The latest outfit to lend a hand are My Chemical Romance, who have released facemasks from an intended desert show, with all monies going to help those music workers currently in need.
“We are living in strange times, alienating times, scary times," the band say. "These masks were the brainchild of our beloved Lauren Valencia, who died before this madness, not of the Covid-19 pandemic, but the older evil that is cancer. We had these masks made to keep you dust-free in the desert, a show that never happened, never will, a protection that then seemed timeworn. And here we are, with these masks, as though Lauren was prescient or we were unknowingly waiting for the right time…"
You can pick up one of the face masks here.
Earlier today (April 17) My Chemical Romance were forced to postpone their upcoming UK show at the Eden Project.
"Organisers have been closely assessing the impacts of the global coronavirus pandemic and decided that to ensure the safety and wellbeing of concert-goers, artists, crews, Eden Sessions staff and supporting teams, the Sessions could not go ahead this year,” Eden Sessions said in a statement.
“When shows are rescheduled and dates confirmed, the Eden Project will contact all existing ticketholders with details. Original tickets will remain valid for any show that is rescheduled.