Michael Hann

The problem with livestreaming heavy metal? No moshpits

Plus: the best of the homemade shows include Neil Young's dazzling Fireside Sessions

Audience moshing to a Trivium gig in Mexico City in 2019. Image: Eduardo Verdugo / AP / Shutterstock

There was only so long anyone could put up with the live musical performances of the early days of lockdown: musicians in their living rooms, performing stripped-back versions of their songs in broadcasts that froze or stuttered. The time would come, inevitably, when everyone wanted more. Viewers would want something more closely approximating a full show; musicians would want to be paid.

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