Music Managers and concert promoters are in the process of heightening security after terrorist assassins murdered 89 rock music fans in Paris Friday night.
“It’s a scary time that we live in,” says a prominent artist manager, who requested anonymity citing nervousness about ISIS’ recent “Kill List” of U.S. military sites. “Security often does a pretty good job of making sure people aren’t bringing anything that could harm anyone else; however, there’s not a wide use of metal detectors at most concerts, and I feel like this might be an eye-opening situation.”
“We can’t live in fear and not run marathons or go see concerts or sports matches or go to movies,” the source adds. “But a lot of the venues we go to could use a good, hard look at what they have in place and what more they could do to make sure their patrons are safe.”
According to Rolling Stone, a total of 129 people were killed when the terrorists fired automatic weapons and set off bombs in Paris. As a result, US police forces have added extra officers for the concerts of Justin Bieber and Snoop Dogg in Los Angeles. Click here for more on the music world’s reaction.
“This will heighten some awareness,” a source in the concert industry told Rolling Stone. “There’s always going to be room for improvement, but at the same time, we can’t make it so cumbersome and burdensome that a 22-year-old doesn’t want to bother.”
Industry leaders Live Nation and A.E.G. Live announced plans to heighten security.
“The safety and security of our shows, fans and venues continues to be our highest priority,” Live Nation said. “Due to the recent events in Paris and in an abundance of caution, we have implemented heightened security procedures globally. However, because of the sensitive nature of these protocols, we cannot elaborate further on the specific details.”
“The safety of fans attending our venues and events is and will always be AEG’s highest priority,” the company said in a statement. “While our security practices have earned AEG a reputation as an industry leader in this area, we are continually evaluating and updating our policies and procedures as we remain vigilant in the face of ever-changing circumstances. We will continue to work closely with federal, state and local law enforcement partners to share information, monitor security threats and implement heightened security measures as appropriate to protect our guests, employees and performers.”