No regrets. Chase Rice didn’t apologize in a video assertion after receiving backlash for acting at a packed live performance in Tennessee on Saturday, June 27, amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The nation singer, 34, addressed his followers through Instagram on Monday, June 29, after posting after which deleting a video of his live performance, which confirmed the gang on the venue with out masks on amid social distancing issues.
“Everyone had a blast, however then as soon as I posted the video lots of people seeing that on-line had a giant drawback with how the present regarded,” Rice instructed his followers within the social media message.
The “Lonely If You Are” singer acknowledged the issues of those that have been upset by his option to carry out stay in the course of the international well being disaster saying, “There’s a variety of various opinions, a variety of totally different opinions on COVID-19, the way it works with stay music crowds and what all that appears like.”
The Florida native revealed that his predominant focus is the protection of his followers.
“My largest factor is y’all. Y’all are why I get to jot down songs. Y’all are why I get to tour the nation, why I get to do stay reveals and sing these songs to you guys and also you guys sing them again,” he mentioned. “You guys are every part to me, so your security is a large precedence.”
Tennessee has seen giant jumps within the numbers of individuals testing constructive for coronavirus and on Monday the governor prolonged the state of emergency for an additional two months. The foundations urge restricted exercise, sustaining social distancing and staying house every time potential. It additionally limits gatherings of 50 or extra individuals, although locations of worship are exempt.
Relating to his future reveals, Rice defined he shall be performing in Ashland, Kentucky, on Friday, July 3, however it’s a drive-in present.
“You may take your vehicles, take your vehicles. You have got your individual house, you may get out of your vehicles, you may get out of your vehicles and occasion with me,” the “Eyes on You” singer instructed his followers. “Please do sing the songs, however keep in your individual house, stick with the individuals you got here with.”
He continued, saying the “largest factor” that everybody can do proper now’s to be secure so regular stay reveals develop into a actuality within the close to future.
“Thanks guys for understanding. Please go by the principles, please go by the legal guidelines on this Friday present arising and reveals shifting ahead so we will get to common reveals quickly sufficient,” Rice concluded. “Love you guys. God bless you and god bless nation music.”
The “American Nights” crooner, who launched a brand new album in January, got here underneath hearth on Sunday, June 28, when fellow musician Kelsea Ballerini and others known as him out for taking the stage and placing his followers and people they arrive in touch with liable to getting the virus.
“Think about being egocentric sufficient to place hundreds of individuals’s well being in danger, to not point out the potential ripple impact, and play a NORMAL nation live performance proper now,” Ballerini, 26, tweeted on Sunday. “@ChaseRiceMusic, All of us need (and wish) to tour. We simply care about our followers and their households sufficient to attend.”
Following the incident, a spokesperson for the venue instructed Selection that “quite a few precautions have been taken” earlier than the gig came about, together with a discount of their most capability of 10,000 to 4,000 individuals. Based on Brian Could, VP of the Brushy Mountain Group, which hosted the present, there have been lower than 1,000 concertgoers in attendance.
“All friends got temperature checks previous to getting into the venue and free hand sanitizer was offered to everybody at entry,” he instructed the outlet. “We have been unable to additional implement the bodily distancing beneficial within the signage posted throughout the property and are trying into future various eventualities that additional defend the attendees, artists and their crews and our staff.”
Fellow nation singer Chris Janson was additionally criticized for performing in entrance of a packed crowd in Idaho on Saturday.
Us Weekly has reached out to Rice and Janson’s reps for remark.
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