2020 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Reportedly Linked To Over 250,000 COVID-19 Cases

According to a new report, the 2020 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has been linked to over 250,000 new cases of COVID-19. That event took place last month and it featured performances from Smash Mouth, Trapt, Buckcherry, Drowning Pool, Fozzy, Adelitas Way, and more.

The following was said in the report:

“Large in-person gatherings without social distancing and with individuals who have traveled outside the local area are classified as the “highest risk” for COVID-19 spread by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Between August 7 and August 16, 2020, nearly 500,000 motorcycle enthusiasts converged on Sturgis, South Dakota for its annual motorcycle rally. Large crowds, coupled with minimal mask-wearing and social distancing by attendees, raised concerns that this event could serve as a COVID-19 “super-spreader.” This study is the first to explore the impact of this event on social distancing and the spread of COVID-19. First, using anonymized cell phone data from SafeGraph, Inc. we document that (i) smartphone pings from non-residents, and (ii) foot traffic at restaurants and bars, retail establishments, entertainment venues, hotels and campgrounds each rose substantially in the census block groups hosting Sturgis rally events. Stay-at-home behavior among local residents, as measured by median hours spent at home, fell. Second, using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and a synthetic control approach, we show that by September 2, a month following the onset of the Rally, COVID-19 cases increased by approximately 6 to 7 cases per 1,000 population in its home county of Meade. Finally, difference-in-differences (dose response) estimates show that following the Sturgis event, counties that contributed the highest inflows of rally attendees experienced a 7.0 to 12.5 percent increase in COVID-19 cases relative to counties that did not contribute inflows. Descriptive evidence suggests these effects may be muted in states with stricter mitigation policies (i.e., restrictions on bar/restaurant openings, mask-wearing mandates). We conclude that the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally generated public health costs of approximately $12.2 billion”

[via Metal Injection]

Trapt, Buckcherry, Drowning Pool, Etc. Set To Perform At 2020 Sturgis Buffalo Chip Rally, Masks & Social Distancing Reportedly Not Required

The 80th annual Sturgis Buffalo Chip Rally in Sturgis, SD is scheduled to go on as planned amid the coronavirus pandemic. The local city council voted to move forward with the event with PPE guidelines in place for staff, vendors, etc. However, a number of outlets are reporting that masks and social distancing will not be mandatory. The rally will be held on August 7-16 and Smash Mouth, Trapt, Adelitas Way, Buckcherry, Drowning Pool, Lit, Quiet Riot, Saving Abel, Night Ranger and more are still set to perform despite the apparent lack of safety measures.

[via The PRP]

Here’s Better Footage Of The Crowd From The Festival Formerly Known As “Herd Immunity Fest”

Last weekend, Static-X, Dope, Adelitas Way, Flaw, and more performed as part of a three-day mini-festival at the Q&Z Expo Center in Ringle, WI amid the coronavirus pandemic. Tickets for the event were limited and some of the bands encouraged fans to wear masks and engage in social distancing. However, more footage from the show has surfaced and it appears that those in attendance weren’t completely following those suggestions.

[via The PRP]

Awake At Last Premiere Lyric Video For New Song “This Means War” Feat. Adelitas Way’s Rick DeJesus

Awake At Last have premiered a new song titled “This Means War.” This track features Adelitas Way’s Rick DeJesus and a lyric video for it can be found below:

Awake At Last commented:

“When we recorded this song last fall, we originally wrote it about the apocalypse and fighting to survive. With everything going on in the world right now, we wanted to address the current events in our video and the song took on a double meaning to stand up and use your voice to speak up and fight for what you think is right. We can see that right now in the Black Lives Matters protests throughout the country

We were also touched by the actions of Police Sergeant Chris Swanson in Flint, Michigan lead by positive example and unite with protesters

As a band that stands for positivity, we want to see everyone stand TOGETHER united as one and fight against hatred and injustice and to see the change we want, without allowing us to be divided. Take care of each other and hold on!

Footage provided and licensed by Trevor Hancock. Additional footage provided by Luke Molica and Flint Michigan Police Sergeant Chris Swanson

100% of proceeds from our “We Stand Together United” tee will be donated to the NAACP. Buy/Stream the song on all platforms here:

Adelitas Way Announce Spring Tour With Blacklite District, Another Day Dawns, & Taking Dawn

Adelitas Way have announced a spring headlining tour. Blacklite District, Another Day Dawns, and Taking Dawn will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

03/20 Denver, CO – Herman’s Hideaway
03/21 Colorado Springs, CO – Legends Rock Bar
03/22 Lincoln, NE – The Royal Grove
03/24 St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
03/25 Iowa City, IA – Wildwood Smokehouse
03/26 Chippewa Falls, WI – Every Buddy’s Bar
03/27 Madison, WI – The Majestic Theatre
03/28 Belvidere, IL – The Apollo Theater
03/29 Sioux Falls, SD – Big Sports Bar and Billiards
04/01 Minot, ND – The Original Bar and Nightclub
04/02 Billings, MT – Pub Station
04/05 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
04/08 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
04/09 Ramona, CA – Ramona Mainstage
04/10 Orangevale, CA – The Boardwalk
04/11 Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Live

Adelitas Way Announce Tour With Blacklite District

Adelitas Way have announced an early 2020 tour. Blacklite District will open.

Tour Dates:

01/16 Phoenix AZ – Pub Rock
01/17 El Paso, TX – Rockhouse Bar & Grill
01/18 San Antonio, TX – Rock Box
01/19 Austin TX – Come and Take It
01/22 Dallas TX – Gas Monkey
01/23 Little Rock – AR Rev Room
01/24 Lafayette LA – The District
01/25 Memphis TN – Rockhouse Live
01/29 Clarksville TN – Warehouse
01/30 Cincinnati, OH – Riverfront Live
01/31 Waukegan, IL – Genesee Theater (feat. Buckcherry) (no Blacklite District)
02/01 East Moline, IL – The Rust Belt (feat. Buckcherry) (no Blacklite District)
02/05 St. Louis, MO – Pop’s (no Blacklite District)