Chase Rice responds to backlash over packed live performance amid coronavirus pandemic: ‘Please go by the foundations’
On Saturday night time, Rice, 34, performed a live performance in Tennessee the place 1000’s of concertgoers had been packed into the venue, most of whom seem to not be carrying face masks, as is advisable to forestall the continuing unfold of coronavirus.
The singer instantly confronted criticism over internet hosting the gig, with many suggesting he has a disregard for public well being, together with fellow nation star Kelsea Ballerini, who called Rice “selfish” online.
On Monday, the “Lonely If You Are” singer took to Instagram to deal with the incident, saying that folks “had an enormous drawback with how the present regarded, how the present went down.”
“I perceive that there are lots of various opinions, lots of totally different opinions on COVID-19, the way it works with dwell music, crowds and what all that appears like,” he mentioned. “My largest factor is y’all. Y’all are why I get to put in writing songs, why I get to tour the nation, why I get to do dwell exhibits, sings these songs to you guys and also you guys sing them again.”
Rice mentioned that as a result of his followers’ “security is a large, big precedence,” his subsequent dwell efficiency shall be a drive-in present.
“So, shifting ahead, I’ve a present in Ashland, Kentucky on Friday and it is a drive-in present,” he mentioned. “Take your vehicles, take your vehicles, you’ve gotten your personal house, you will get out of your vehicles, you will get out of your vehicles and social gathering with me. Please do, sing the songs, however keep in your personal house, stick with the individuals you got here with.”
The musician additionally harassed that “the safer we are actually, the faster we get to get to precise regular dwell exhibits, which I do know all of us need.”
He concluded: “Thanks guys for understanding, please go by the foundations, please go by the legal guidelines on this Friday’s present arising and the present’s shifting ahead so we are able to get to common exhibits quickly sufficient.”
The corporate that owns the Tennessee venue the place Rice carried out instructed Fox Information that regardless of appearances, it was complying with native necessities on social distancing.
“All native necessities had been abided by for the current live performance, and quite a few precautions had been taken,” VP of Brushy Mountain Group Brian Could mentioned in a press release. “We drastically lowered our most venue capability of 10,000 to 4,000 most capability (decrease than the state’s advisement of 50%) with lower than 1,000 (954 tickets offered with 809 tickets scanned) in attendance Saturday night time offering ample house within the out of doors garden space for followers to unfold out to their very own consolation stage.”
The corporate added that each one friends got temperature checks previous to coming into the venue, which offered free hand sanitizer and provided bandanas for buy on-site. In the meantime, all distributors and employees had been suggested to put on masks and gloves when interacting with friends.
Nevertheless, Could acknowledged that the venue wasn’t capable of implement lots of the social distancing tips because it had hoped, and due to this fact plans to reevaluate the way it does live shows sooner or later.
“We had been unable to additional implement the bodily distancing advisable within the signage posted throughout the property and are trying into future different situations that additional shield the attendees, artists and their crews and our workers,” he concluded. “We’re reevaluating the sequence from the highest to backside — from implementing additional security measures, to including stanchions, to changing the house to drive-in model live shows, to suspending exhibits.”
Fox Information’ Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report