Dr. Dog, group set to perform on the subway this fall, has its own internal COVID-19 protocols – CBS Chicago


CHICAGO (CBS) – Live music returns – but when it comes to vaccination requirements, each venue plays a slightly different tune.

CBS 2’s Tim McNicholas spoke to an artist performing at the Underground on Clark Street near Wrigley Field about the venue’s plan to enforce the rules.

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Eric Slick spent a decade rocking the drums of Dr. Dog, a band that thrives on his energetic live performances. McNicholas asked Slick what the past year and a half has been like for him and the band.

“It’s been incredibly weird,” Slick said. “Being home for a year and a half is a very different experience than the last 15 years of my life.”

This fall will mark Dr. Dog’s first return to the stage since early 2020.

Their tour includes a sold-out show at the Metro, a venue that just announced vaccination requirements for fans at all upcoming shows.

And Dr. Dog has his own rules.

“Everyone on the tour needs to be vaccinated and we won’t be allowing anyone backstage,” Slick said. “It’s going to be a very tight crew.”

Why is it so important to have such a rule?

“We don’t want anyone to get so sick that we have to take time off from this thing that we’ve been clamoring to do for a year and a half,” Slick said.

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We heard similar thoughts last week from artists gearing up for Lollapalooza.

“So many people, not just me, are confident that we’re doing the right things to get through this and not go back into another lockdown,” said Robert Abisi of the Lost Kings.

But the Metro pushes its rules for fans one step further than Lolla. They say a negative COVID test is not an acceptable alternative to vaccine proof.

Slick said these rules depend on the venue, but they make him more comfortable behind the kit.

McNicolas: “What would be your message, maybe to some fans who think that’s not a fair rule?”

Layer: “What I would tell them is getting vaccinated is a lot smarter than dying of covid, and I think that’s where I’m at, you know?”

Slick performed his solo album live last June at an outdoor venue in Nashville. But now he’s ready to hit the road again with Dr. Dog.

“I want all of our fans to feel safe too,” he said.

Slick said the group also plans to use masks, sanitizers and COVID tests as needed while traveling from town to town.

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As for the subway, they say if you’ve already purchased a ticket for Dr. Dog or any other show and don’t want to show proof of vaccination, you can contact them for a refund.


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