MADBALL won't play shows where proof of vaccine is required
New York hardcore veterans MADBALL have said that they will not perform in any venue that require audience members to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The band touched upon the hot-button issue while updating fans on the status of MADBALL‘s previously announced August 14 concert at Irving Plaza in New York.
Earlier today, the group took to its Instagram to write: “Heads up NYC : We’ve been asked a bunch if Irving is still happening… the answer is YES! That said, in light of the new rules that will be implemented in the city, this will likely be the last show we play here for a very long time. Sad to say.
“We truly respect whatever decisions people make with their bodies but we cannot in good conscience play shows that require personal/private medical information (like vaccination status) for entry.
“We have a special set list we’re working on. This show will be bittersweet.. let’s make it memorable! There’s still some tickets available.. grab em up while you can! #weloveyounyc #fight #tryanny #hclives.
“FYI – this show will NOT require proof of vaccination since some are asking! The rule goes in effect soon after though.”
Earlier this week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York will be the first U.S. city to to require COVID-19 vaccinations for concert attendees, although the city will not enforce the mandate until mid-September. Proof of at least partial vaccination will be required.
A vaccine passport is a physical or digital document that displays whether someone is fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Critics say that such passports are a violation of privacy and an example of government overreach. Meanwhile, supporters point out that federal immigration law already requires that immigrants provide proof of vaccination status for several diseases.
There’s plenty of precedent for having to show proof of vaccination whether for work or travel. For a century, nearly every school in the U.S. has been requiring proof of vaccinations for students to enroll. Dozens of countries across the globe require a “Yellow Fever Card” to enter their borders.
Proponents of vaccine passports, including several high-profile heavy metal musicians, have touted them as one of the most effective ways to reopen the nation’s economy in a safe manner.