Well that ended before it even started.
Jamey Johnson’s scheduled performance at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, SC Sunday night, that is.
According to SavingCountryMusic.com, Johnson abruptly cancelled his performance after refusing to go thru the venue’s metal detector, disarm, OR, he didn’t like the way his band and crew were treated like “terrorists”. Details are still unclear at this point.
The “In Color” singer himself has not specifically addressed what happened as of this post, but what we do know comes from one of his band members.
Tony TC Coleman, Jamey’s drummer, said in a statement:
“As a member of Jamey’s band, House of Blues management ‘Live Nation’ was wrong for how they treated the situation. Jamey was ready to give an amazing performance as he has done every night since the year and 3 months I’ve been in his band. I stand with him on this. House of Blues didn’t need to treat us like we were terrorist. They put a medal(sic) detector between Jamey’s busses and the stage entrance and the only people coming in and out of his buses was us. His band and crew and we all have laminated stage identification. We did not come to House of Blues to be treated like we are going to kill the fans. If someone came backstage to harm anybody you better pray there is a Jamey Johnson type individual around.”
The House of Blues also released a statement:
“As always, the safety and security of our guests is our number one priority. Tonight’s artist refused to adhere to our safety and security guidelines and would not enter the building. Unfortunately, tonight’s show is cancelled. We regret any inconvenience to our guests. Refunds will be available at point of purchase tomorrow. Our box office will be open at 12PM for any purchases made at the venue.”
Jamey Johnson served 8 years in the United States Marine Corps before becoming a country music singer/songwriter.
For the record, in the state of South Carolina, South Carolina is a “shall issue” concealed carry (CCW) permit state.