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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 24: Ozzy Osbourne performs onstage during the 2019 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for dcp)

The Edge tells the BBC that he and Bono were working on new music when the pandemic struck.  ”I was actually working on some new songs with Bono and … I had a decision, am I going to go to Dublin or am I going to head to California where my wife was so I opted to head for the wife which I think was the right call, ’cause literally within two days they’d shut all flights into America so I snuck in and spent the first part of the lockdown with Morleigh in California and then came to Dublin for early May and was in Dublin for a while … I felt very fortunate … overall I felt like one of the really lucky ones.’

Ozzy Osbourne tells MTV that he still isn’t thinking about retirement. “How can I retire from what I do? I’m the luckiest man in the world. I have voice problems when I’m on the road from screaming every night. I’m not Pavarotti by any means, but if I was, he used to do one show every six months or so.”

Pretenders lead singer Chrissy Hynde tells Rolling Stone magazine that she has no interest in “socially distanced” shows. “Where are you going to do it, in an airplane hangar? or come-together anthems. Why do artists think that they’re going to heal everybody, and their music is so important? It’s a little bit pompous. But who knows? If we’re locked down like this for another five years, I might be doing a striptease on Zoom. I don’t know how desperate people can get.”

Roger Daltrey tells the Irish Mirror that he thinks people paid money to see if The Who would die on stage.  “People used to wonder whether The Who would make it to the gig. Now they wonder whether they will make it through the gig. I think that’s a lot of the reason people come see bands like us and The Stones. They think it might be the night one of us pops it on stage.”

Scott Mackay

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