Brother, can you spare a…

At first glance, this seemed kinda absurd to me. Then I gave it further thought, and…I dunno, it still seems kinda absurd to me.

Pearl Jam, the Eagles, Guns N’ Roses, and Green Day are among the bands who have received loans from the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program, Rolling Stone reports.

According to data from the Small Business Administration and Treasury Department, the money will go to supporting and retaining the artists’ crews and staff; Rolling Stone notes that the Eagles’ loan is listed under their touring company and will help save 50 jobs. Larger loans—between $350,000 and $1 million—were taken out by the Eagles, Pearl Jam, and Disturbed. Out of 660,000 recipients, Rolling Stone reports that over 40 musicians and bands received loans for over $150,000, including Weezer, Imagine Dragons, Chainsmokers, Nickelback, and Jason Isbell.

Various major and independent labels also received PPP loans, including Sub Pop Records, Third Man Records, and Knitting Factory Records, who each received a minimum of $350,000.

Not one of the above-named bands are outfits I would think of as needing any federal aid to scrape by; I’d far rather see that dough put into the hands of the struggling, lower-tier road warriors out there who are certainly worse off than they are, and if I was still working the road myself I’d likely resent this, at least somewhat.

On the other hand, though, as the article notes, the assistance is earmarked for their crews and support staff, which makes it seem a bit more reasonable. Although it’s also true that even those guys typically haul down bucketfuls more cash than your average bar band does.

There’s this, too: the fact that no bands, great or small, have been allowed to ply their trade and earn their living during this summer’s touring season is entirely on the goobermint. Also, although people don’t realize it, even the big-name acts earn most of their dough not from record sales, but from touring and merch sales. So why the hell shouldn’t they insist on compensation from the very assholes who shut them all down on a pretext?

6 thoughts on “Brother, can you spare a…

  1. Just one more reason that the shutdown madness was a terrible, horrible, no good very bad idea. In addition to touring bands, this insanity is likely to finish off the classical music scene in a lot of cities. My local symphony orchestra is trying to stay afloat with ‘virtual performances’ — videos from past years, and streamed performances by single musicians. But the orchestra as a whole can’t get together to rehearse much less perform. And their audience tends to be heavily tilted older anyway, and thus very much at risk. Odds are high they will go broke and fold before they would be able to perform again.

    1. The shutdown is likely to end up being a bigger killer than the virus because it will kill people that were not already physically ill.

      1. I suspect it already has, but can’t prove it because the death numbers since March are full of lies.

        1. Yep. You get what you pay for, and they pay more to call the death chinaVirus.

          It’s too early to tell as the numbers are not yet reliable for total death rate, but I’ll bet the total deaths did not increase over the year as many that passed away got there early from the virus complications, but got there they would have.

          Now, add up all the excess suicides, the excess overdoses, those that died because they would not or could not go to a hospital or doctor…

      2. When you steal people’s property you steal that portion of their lives that struggled, suffered and worked to gain that property.
        It’s already a bigger life killer.

    2. John Force Racing is barely hanging on and didn’t field a car at todays’ NHRA Event.
      THe Full Details, but Force was one of the full supporters of Trump in the NHRA.

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