The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers were supposed to tour last summer, before the COVID-19 pandemic forced nearly every artist to get off the road. The American Family Insurance Amphitheater stop had been scheduled for the night before the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, which also never materialized.
The Milwaukee stop was rescheduled for July 11, 2021. But with the tour pushed off yet another year, Santana and Earth, Wind and Fire will now play the Milwaukee amphitheater on July 10, 2022.
Refunds are available through the point of purchase until May 23. Previously purchased tickets will be honored.
Aside from some drive-in concerts and socially distant gigs, the pandemic has grounded the live music industry for 13 months. And some big artists with scheduled Milwaukee-area shows, including Kenny Chesney, Roger Waters and Rage Against The Machine, pushed their tours back again to 2022.
Some shows still on summer calendar
But with every American adult now eligible for vaccines, some artists forced to stay home in 2020 are planning to play Milwaukee this year.
The American Family Insurance Amphitheater, which completed a $51.3 million renovation last year, has four shows still scheduled in August and September, outside of Summerfest, with the Black Crowes, Maroon 5, Hall & Oates and KISS with David Lee Roth.
Summerfest is expected to announce new headliners for September, and four standalone shows that have yet to be announced are on the books this year for its 5,000-seat BMO Harris Pavilion, according to Summerfest parent company Milwaukee World Festival Inc.’s tentative calendar of events.
Don Smiley, president and CEO of Milwaukee World Festival, has told the Journal Sentinel that reduced-capacity concerts are generally not financially viable. But new safety protocols may be in place for an anticipated concerts comeback, such as mask requirements, vaccine passports and rapid COVID testing. Summerfest and industry leaders like Live Nation and AEG have yet to announce any new criteria.
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