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Monday, March 14, 2022

When The Bands Stopped Playing - Now Streaming on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Google Play, Vudu, iTunes & More Via Legacy Distribution


COVID-19’s Decimation of the Music Industry as Told by Those Working on the Inside


NEW YORK, NY -- DailyBOOM Media has released When The Bands Stopped Playing, a documentary on COVID-19’s brutal impact on the music industry, on March 14, 2022, on various streaming platforms via Legacy Distribution. This feature-length film was written by Executive Producer Cate Meighan, with Emmy Award-winning Video-Editor and Co-producer Heather Dauterive, and an original score by Award-winning Multi-instrumentalist Jack Miele.

In early 2020, the music industry was readying itself for another blockbuster year. Acts like Guns N’ Roses and Foo Fighters were gearing up for major tours, while Motley Crue announced a reunion that had sold out nationwide within minutes. Symphonic shows, festivals, Vegas residencies, and club gigs were all booked solid when Covid-19 brought everything to a screeching halt. Overnight an entire billion-dollar industry was shut down and the fact remains that it will be one of the very last industries to fully reopen.  

When The Bands Stopped Playing is a feature-length documentary that gives viewers a detailed glimpse inside of this shattered and shuttered industry through the eyes of its’ hardest workers. Famous artists, indie artists on the rise, plus rock and dance acts working the club circuit on both coasts have all lent their voices to this documentary.  Every voice was crucial to the telling of this story and in our eyes, they also share an equal amount of importance. They speak openly about the financial hardship, deep depression of losing something that they love so much (even temporarily), and the things that they are doing to help keep their own positivity and hope alive.  

Since we were dealing with Covid-19 restrictions and there is no such thing as a backstage interview, we met our interviewees exactly as they were. Some have studios at home with great cameras and others had a more normal setup. As a media team we prefer perfection of course, but these are not normal times and we needed to be authentic. This group of people has been so incredibly honest with us and we feel a responsibility to be just as honest with our viewers in how they are portrayed. 

The cast of When The Bands Stopped Playing includes:

Haley Johnsen – American Idol Semi-finalist

Ron Keel – Ron Keel Band

Jeffrey “Soave” Martinez – Freestyle Artist

Sabrina Nieves – The Cover Girls

Jeff Pilson – Foreigner/Ex-Dokken/Black Swan

Numa Saisselin – President of The Florida Theatre of Performing Arts

Michael Sweet – Stryper