Las Vegas, Nevada 2020-11-29 22:48:47 –
Las Vegas (KTNV) —Las Vegas performers say the coronavirus pandemic has forced them to continue to suspend their passion.
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Well known as the “Golden Pipe,” Kernel Johnson is the national anthem singer of the Vegas Golden Knights.
His voice caught the attention of the team and fans in the first season.
“In the second year, they provided me with a job,” says Johnson.
However, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic suddenly struck Johnson, who exposed the entertainment industry in Las Vegas.
Johnson says he eventually reached his limit.
“I had to finally sit down and say I needed help,” Johnson says.
“I’m going to come to your house, lift the rocks and decorate for Christmas,” says Johnson.
Johnson worked at the Smith Center but was closed in March as a result of a pandemic.
He also sang to tourists in a Venetian gondola.
“I was fired from both of those jobs, I couldn’t support it,” says Johnson.
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Johnson says other performers he knows do whatever they can to get through, even if that means putting their passion on the backburner.
“I see many friends starting to learn new skills and new deals that are inevitably born,” says Johnson.
Johnson hopes his familiar face and voice will bring some help to other talented performers who call Las Vegas their hometown.
“We look forward to returning to that stage and doing what we love,” says Johnson.
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