By Dylan Owens, Special to The Denver Post | Earlier this month, when coronavirus was still a distant threat in the mind of most, Denver rock band Tennis thought it might have to postpone its upcoming shows in Seattle and San Francisco, two cities affected earliest in the United States.
Then, last week, Tennis announced the postponement of the remaining 27 dates of its tour — a move that will cost the band tens of thousands of dollars in lost marketing and revenue.
That whiplash — months of wages gone in days — has rocked the entertainment industry. The highly transmissible coronavirus has uniquely affected the country’s music industry, and Denver is no exception.
In an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus, the CDC recommended a measure called social distancing, a form of self-quarantine that recommends avoiding large gatherings. From national acts like Tennis down to local bands playing bars down the street, those measures have compelled bands to cancel practices, concerts and entire tours in the interest of public safety.
Still, last week, some artists were mulling over whether to try to salvage the few immediate shows they had scheduled. But over the weekend, city and state government recommendations against public gatherings — first limiting groups to 250 and then to 50 — forced their hand. Then, on Monday, the White House suggested dropping that number to just 10.
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Dylan Owens, Music contributor
Dylan Owens is a Denver-based writer and former music critic for The Denver Post. He listens exclusively to your favorite band and takes great comfort in the fact that at any given point, “Road House” is on TV somewhere.