March 9, 2022
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA — A 42-year-old father, husband and music executive is dead, under all too familiar circumstances in 2022.
A music manager for a currently touring artist informed The COVID Blog™ of this story. They asked to be anonymous due to the sensitive nature of the subject matter. This blogger, of course, loves music from the 80s, 70s and 90s, in that order. Rarely do you see pop musicians playing actual instruments and creating sounds with their innate talents since the turn of the millennium. Pop music today is manufactured by computers and performed by studio-created “artists.” This story was an opportunity to not only learn about real music still being produced today, but also another likely coerced post-injection death in a highly-vaxxed industry.
Intrepid Artists International (“Intrepid”) was founded in 1994 by Rick Booth. It is a music talent agency that nurtures and represents musicians and entertainers. Blues is their most represented genre, followed by Root Rock, Soul and Funk. Memphis guitarist and blues singer Eric Gales is perhaps their most prominent act of 34 artists listed on the website. He’s featured in several YouTube videos with over one million views. Mr. Gales appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show on August 16, 1991 when was 17 years old.
His 2017 song “Carry Yourself” is well-known on the Blues circuit.
Veronica Lewis is the company’s youngest talent. The 18-year-old is a Blues piano player and singer.
As we’ve chronicled with Adele and Celine Dion, the entire music industry has faced myriad obstacles since the so-called pandemic commenced. It is especially difficult on those who rely on live shows for revenue.
Making adjustments during the so-called pandemic
Mr. Booth and Intrepid have felt the sting of the so-called pandemic, as did the entire music industry. Bars, restaurants and clubs were closed, festivals and concerts cancelled, etc. Both artists and music executives were struggling. Mr. Booth spoke about all this on the Making A Scene Presents podcast with Richard L’Hommedieu on March 21, 2021. Note that Mr. L’Hommedieu makes his “fully-vaccinated” status quite public on social media.
The 38-minute conversation started off with Mr. Booth talking about the struggles of both Intrepid and the music industry at-large since March 2020. “None of us have had a paycheck since the end of September,” Mr. Booth said. The company received a PPP loan in May. The entire team, including Senior Artist Representative Kevin “K-Hop” Hopkins, was furloughed four months later; and the company moved out of the offices it occupied for 26 years in late October. But things started picking up in early 2021 when Mr. Booth started receiving numerous calls for bookings. He credited the mRNA and viral vector DNA injections for the turnaround.
“Eric [Gales] has been vaccinated. A lot of my guys are getting their vaccinations, so I feel good about things,” he told Mr. L’Hommedieu. Venues started reopening en masse at the beginning of 2021, with “social distancing” and mask rules. Mr. Booth said the music industry was bouncing back globally except for in countries “that had not done a good job getting the vaccination out,” he said. “The reason that we are trending so positive in the U.S. is because the vaccination process right now has really cranked up and has really been moving along with very little drama to it.”
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Mr. L’Hommedieu and Mr. Booth talked about the Save Our Stages Act. It was signed into law By President Donald Trump on December 27, 2020 as part of the $900 billion coronavirus relief package. The bill allocated $15 billion for independent music venues. But Mr. Booth said neither venues, promoters, etc. nor the music talent had received anything as of the interview. The Small Business Administration revamped the procedures in June, and funds started being allocated thereafter. But apparently there are no funds at all allocated for the actual musicians, just the companies.
Towards the end of the interview, Mr. Booth circled back to vaccinations and booking dates in Europe. “I don’t know what’s going to happen there because they aren’t taking care of themselves with the vaccinations,” he said. “I have dates booked over there, and I’m hoping my folks that are vaccinated can go.”
Mr. Booth tagged Mr. Hopkins in an August 27 Facebook post celebrating a successful 2021 summer for Intrepid artists. “If we want to continue the fun, we all need to Vax up and Mask Up! All of our jobs all depend on it,” he wrote.
Mr. Hopkins also celebrated the fast start Intrepid got off to in the early summer of 2021.
Many Intrepid shows require proof of vaccination for entry. Popa Chubby is an Intrepid artist. Here is the Instagram post promoting a short Massachusetts tour in September.
Death of Kevin Hopkins
Mr. Hopkins was celebrating his 42nd birthday on Friday, February 25. He apparently suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. Mrs. Hopkins found him unresponsive in their home. Nobody knows how long he was there without blood going to his brain. Paramedics got his heart pumping again, and rushed Mr. Hopkins to a nearby hospital. But from all accounts, his brain simply went too long without blood/oxygen. He passed away on March 4.
Mr. Hopkins had been with Intrepid for 15 years. He was originally from Missouri, and a big-time Kansas City Chiefs fan.
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He oversaw Intrepid artists’ tours in the Northeast United States and Eastern Canada. There’s no definitive evidence that he received the injections. But the preponderance of evidence points in a certain direction.
A GoFundMe page is collecting funds for Mrs. Hopkins and their two young sons.
The beginning of an ominous pattern?
The talent manager who informed us of this story said that most entertainers, musicians and artists are forced to receive the injections if they want to play music for their livelihoods. The death of Kevin Hopkins is, “the touring market’s first major one that will impact real touring artists,” they said.
This blogger is by no means talking bad about Mr. Booth. His Facebook posts, interviews and all related information online point to him being a very down-to-earth, apolitical, cool guy who treats his artists with dignity and respect. Unfortunately he suffers from severe tunnel vision as it relates to this entire so-called pandemic and the lethal injections. Mr. Hopkins was described as Mr. Booth’s “right-hand man” by our source. Thus he very likely had the same philosophical views on the injections. Granted everyone has been forced to navigate this powerful, global psychological operation for two years now. But discernment is a matter of life and death in these times.
Musicians and entertainers are very much like bloggers and writers. They create something that others want and are willing to pay for. Internet has helped expand opportunities for musicians. But ultimately concerts, tours and live shows are the lifeblood of musicians. And still they get screwed.
Citigroup estimated that the music industry generated $43 billion in 2017. But the artists received only 12% of that, with most of it being tour dollars. It’s the same thing with rip-off platform like Google ads and YouTube, where the actual content creators make a fraction of what Google makes off of them. Musicians, however, rely heavily on live shows, which forces them to choose between doing what they love or working in an office.
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We’re already seeing broadcasters, entertainers and soccer players collapsing, with some dying, at unprecedented rates while performing their crafts. Musicians and those involved in the industry will inevitably start dropping as well due to high vaxx rates in the industry.
Stay vigilant and protect your friends and loved ones.
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