Kelsea Ballerini took a break from creating viral TikTok videos to send out a message of love to fans and let them know she misses them. Ballerini’s tour was rescheduled earlier this year because of the pandemic.
‘Sending you a little love today. hope you’re hanging in there. miss your faces so much,” she tweeted.
Her fans felt it as well.
Most musical acts have been forced off the road as COVID-19 has disrupted nearly ever industry in the country. More than 245,000 people in the U.S. have died from the virus and more than 10 million Americans have contracted it, the CDC reports. Those numbers are increasing as the country is seeing its worst spike in coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic earlier this year.
Kelsea Ballerini Not Only Artist Missing Fans, Touring
It’s not an uncommon sentiment. A number of performers have discussed how difficult it’s been for them to stay home and cancel their shows. The coronavirus pandemic has caused most music venues to close.
Jason Isbell spoke with MSNBC earlier this year about how he’s struggled with not being able to perform.
“It could be worse for us, that’s for sure … [but] at the same time, you know, sometimes I just break down in tears because I miss playing rock ‘n’ roll with my band on tour. I miss it really, really badly,” he said.
Aside from the financial loss, there is an emotional toll, Isbell said. The work stoppage will also force some potentially great artists to quit the music industry, he warned.
“I think we’re gonna wind up missing out on a lot of really great artists: a lot of people who, had the virus not come through or … had we shut it down pretty quickly, a lot of these people still would have been struggling,” Isbell told MSNBC. “A lot of them still have very valid art, and very good music that they’re making, and they’re out there trying to deliver that to people,” he adds.
Billboard has compiled all of the major tours postponed because of COVID-19.