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TAMPA, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 08: Fans cheer during a pregame concert with singer Tim McGraw.

It’s been a rough year without concerts here in Tampa Bay especially since the summer of 2020 would have been historic for huge stadium shows in the Bay area.  First it was WrestleMania at Ray Jay that was canceled.  Then GnR, The Stones, and Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett in Orlando.  What a tragedy for music lovers…but there is good news.

Live music could return by the fall “if everything goes right.”

That’s according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, who made the prediction during a virtual conference with performing arts officials over the weekend. “If everything goes right, this is will occur sometime in the fall of 2021,” he said. “So that by the time we get to the early to mid-fall, you can have people feeling safe performing onstage as well as people in the audience.”

For everything to go right, Fauci says between 70 and 85 percent of the U.S. population needs to be vaccinated. Once that happens, “performers will be performing, audiences will be enjoying it,” Fauci says. “It will happen.”