If you go to a Flyers or Sixers game this spring, capacity at the Wells Fargo Center is capped at 20%. Only about 3,900 people are allowed in the building.

But COVID vaccines are flying off the shelves, so to speak, and now we’ve got a series of concert announcements for the building, shows that will begin in September.

Press release:

PHILADELPHIA (April 8, 2021) — Live music is coming back to Wells Fargo Center with a lineup of diverse, industry-leading artists set to take Philadelphia’s main stage once again. Throughout this week, the arena has announced a series of full-capacity concerts set for later this year and early 2022, including Andrea Bocelli, Banda MS, Eric Church, Kane Brown, and Roger Waters. 

“In a typical year, Wells Fargo Center hosts nearly 3 million guests for dozens of live concerts and events, and things just haven’t been the same without those shows over the past year,” said Wells Fargo Center President of Business Operations, Valerie Camillo. “Finally, though, you can hear the music at the end of the tunnel, and we can’t wait to once again host world-class entertainers here in Philadelphia in front of full capacity crowds.”

These latest announcements come after more than a year since Wells Fargo Center hosted its last concert, a performance by Celine Dion on February 26, 2020, and are just the beginning of a new influx of major touring artists coming through the arena in 2021 and 2022.

Now I have to be honest; I’ve only heard of three of these acts. No clue who Banda MS and Kane Brown are. A quick Youtubing reveals that Brown is a country artist and Banda MS is Mexican group. They’ll play a gig here on September 4th.

Roger Waters has played the Wells Fargo Center a bunch of times before, and if you go to see him about 50% of the audience will be stoned out of their minds. Bocelli is Bocelli and Eric Church is the dude who did the national anthem at the Super Bowl, so you’re probably familiar with both of those guys.

But nature is healing, right? If we’re gonna have full capacity concerts by September, obviously the shows wouldn’t have been scheduled if Comcast and the promoters felt like the City of Philadelphia would limit attendance. We’re getting closer to normalcy in these parts.

We’ll know we’re completely out of the woods when the Susquehanna Bank Center BB&T Pavilion books Dave Matthews this July, for the 37th time in 38 years.