The Cast

Ace Von Johnson
Ace Von Johnson
L.A. Guns / Faster Pussycat
“I’m actually surprised I’m not living in my car; I’m still buying records, paying my rent, and eating so I’m just grateful.”

acevonjohnson.com

Audrey Fix Schaefer
Audrey Fix Schaefer
NIVA Board Member & Communications Director
“With every day that passes we’re losing the chance to save this industry.”

nivassoc.org

Chip Z’Nuff
Chip Z’Nuff
Enuff Z’Nuff
“I care about our fellow men and women from all around the world and I say prayers every night hoping that we can just lift up all of us and find strength and unity to go to the next level and move forward.”

enuffznuff.com

Chris Steven
Chris Steven
Indie Artist
“I was working four nights a week, making really nice money and in March those shows were just wiped out, all gone.”

facebook.com/chrisstevenmusic

Greg Ross
Greg Ross
Merchandiser / Creator of Back to the Basement
“Music is one of those things that unifies everyone.”

abductedbythe80s.com

manicmerch.com

Haley Johnsen
Haley Johnsen
American Idol / Indie Artist
“It was insane watching every single show vanish, I just remember everything within that 24 hours just canceled, and that was like the beginning of the end- what do we do, just what do we do?”

haleyjohnsenmusic.com

Jade Starling
Jade Starling
Pretty Poison
“We’re unemployed, just like you.”

facebook.com/jade.starling

Jeff Pilson
Jeff Pilson
Foreigner / Black Swan / Ex Dokken
“When we come back I wanna feel that new blood that I’m going to feel and have at that point, I think that’ll be a good thing.”

foreigneronline.com

Jeffrey “Soave” Martinez
Jeffrey “Soave” Martinez
Latin Freestyle Artist
“This is the first time in history that the world has had to deal with something negative at one time and at the same time, all together.”

facebook.com/soave.martinez

Jesse James Dupree
Jesse James Dupree
Jackyl
“We had a lot of great towns that we were ready to go and play, we got one foot up on the bottom step of the bus and had to can it all.”

jackyl.com

Joel Hoekstra
Joel Hoekstra
Whitesnake / Cher/ TSO
“I’ve gone from getting paid to travel the world to waking up and going to my dining room table every day, it’s quite a change.”

joelhoekstra.com

Michael Sweet
Michael Sweet
Stryper
“Our lives are at stake here because your livelihood is your life, if you can’t work, if you can’t eat then you’re not going to survive.”

michaelsweet.com

stryper.com

Numa Saisselin
Numa Saisselin
President of The Florida Theatre
“In March, we thought we were going to close for 2 or 3 weeks and that was horrifying, we had no idea how we were going to make it through that, and then it turned out to be nine months.”

floridatheatre.com

Ron Keel
Ron Keel
Ron Keel Band
“I always thought that I’d always be able to make a living through my music just on a bar stool with my acoustic guitar, I could go somewhere and make a couple hundred bucks, I realize now that’s not the truth.”

ronkeel.com

Sabrina Nieves
Sabrina Nieves
The Cover Girls
“You can’t throw somebody into the workforce and tell them to shift gears when they’ve been homing in on this craft, from say 18 to 52, to do something else and just figure it out, during a time of pandemic.”

facebook.com/sabrinanievesbyrnes

Sal Abbatiello
Sal Abbatiello
Founder Fever Records / Promoter
“This just snuck up on us and it was a gradual continuation of a disaster.”

facebook.com/FeverRecords2

Stacey David Blades
Stacey David Blades
Crashing Wayward
Ex- L. A. Guns
“When you slow down and really wrap your head around what has gone on globally, when you go down that worm hole it’ll make your head spin, it’s like a sci-fi movie.”

crashingwayward.com

Todd “Dammit” Kerns
Todd “Dammit” Kerns
Slash & The Conspirators
“All of our heroes aren’t getting any younger and so the day that they bring that (live music) back to us I think that we’re all going to take that a lot more seriously.”

toddkerns.com

Whey Cooler
Whey Cooler
Pretty Poison
“I’m a cancer survivor so I just cannot get this thing and had a scare, somebody was here (studio) and left behind paperwork saying that they were diagnosed with Covid-19.”

twitter.com/WheyCooler

Tony Hall
Tony Hall
Dumpstaphunk
The Neville Brothers
Harry Connick Jr.
“I take it seriously, I wear the masks and I've never been out to dinner or anything. I just try to totally stay safe, I wanna be around awhile.”

dumpstaphunk.com