IATSE Stagehands Sees ‘Booming’ Return of LA Live Entertainment – Deadline
IATSE Stagehands Local 33 sees a ‘booming’ return of live entertainment events in Los Angeles, even as cases of Covid-19 have increased here in recent days. Health officials say the recent spike in new coronavirus infections is almost entirely due to the unvaccinated and the spread of the Delta variant of the virus.
âLos Angeles and the city of Inglewood are going to explode with live entertainment starting this weekend with three major events staged,â said Ron Valentine, sales representative for IATSE Local 33, the union representing machinists at Los Angeles. âThe Hollywood Bowl has Christina Aguilera with a two day show, the Foo Fighters at the famous Inglewood Forum, and the SoFi Stadium will host Kascade. This is just the start of a season of live entertainment that will soon be in full swing. “
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Noting that “bookings are increasing for the end of the long awaited return of live performances this summer,” said Valentine that he and Local 33 representative Robert Pagnotta “have been waiting for this moment for more than 15 months since the shutdown. in March of 2020. ” He noted that 1,442 of the local’s 1,599 members âhaven’t been thereâ since.
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âWe expect August to double in gigs with the reopening of the Banc of California stadium, hosting Guns N ‘Roses and several other events,â he said. âSeptember will begin our Broadway shows, such as Hamilton, and we want the public to know that our Pantages Theater team is fully vaccinated to give customers much more confidence in a safe return to a Broadway production.
The IATSE, he said, âhas spent an enormous amount of time developing a set of safe guidelines to protect everyone in production, thus reducing the risk of this virus spreading. We believe Los Angeles County will become the biggest stop for public entertainment with the number of venues we have now. IATSE Local 33 looks forward to returning and continuing to serve Los Angeles with the best and safest entertainment experience for its customers. “