Thursday marked a milestone in New Jersey’s post-pandemic reopening effort with the state’s biggest concert since the pandemic began.
Rock and roll icons Guns N’ Roses were the first band to play MetLife Stadium in over a year. The audience was once again ready to listen to live music. Many arrived at the tailgate early.
“I love it. I can’t wait. Even in quarantine we were still playing Guns N’ Roses,” Nicole Pazzaglia said.
MetLife Stadium does not require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to attend an outdoor performance. But the venue encourages spectators to wear masks inside the stadium.
“Your nerves are still a bit wary, especially with the new variant and all,” says viewer Erika Norkaitis. “But we thought we’ve always loved live music and knowing we’re vaccinated really gives us a bit more confidence in everyone.”
As big concerts have returned to New Jersey, COVID-19 protocols vary widely.
The Sea.Hear.Now seaside concert in Asbury Park has announced that attendees must be vaccinated or test negative for COVID-19.
The Guns N’ Roses show was originally scheduled for last summer, but has been postponed until restrictions are lifted.
The last concert held at the stadium dates back to September 2019.