Chase Rice Responds to Concert Backlash

"Your safety is a huge, huge priority."

June 29, 2020
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It was the Chase Rice show "heard 'round the world" after the "Eyes on You" singer came under fire for holding a concert in which fans appeared to not be social distancing or wearing masks.

After being called out by other country artists, he's now responding to the criticism.

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"I just wanted to address my show Saturday night," he said in a social media video. "I had a show in East Tennessee, took a video of the concert; everybody had a blast, but then once I posted the video, a lot of people seeing that online had a big problem with how the show looked, how the show went down. And I understand there's a lot of varying opinions on COVID-19, how it works with live music crowds, and what all that looks like.

"My biggest thing is y'all," he continues. "Y'all are why I get to write songs, why I get to tour the country, why I get to do live shows and sing these songs to you guys and have you sing them back. You guys are everything to me, so your safety is a huge, huge priority.

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"So moving forward, I have a show in Ashland, Kentucky, on Friday, and it's a drive-in show. You can take your trucks, take your cars. You'll have your own space, you can get out of your cars, you can get out of your trucks, and party with me. Please do, sing the songs, but stay in your own space; stay with the people you came with.

"The biggest thing for all of us is the safer we are now, the quicker we get to get to actual normal live shows, which I know we all want. So, thank you for understanding, please go by the rules, please go by the laws on this Friday's show coming up and the shows moving forward so we can get to regular shows soon enough. 

"Love you guys, God bless you, and God bless country music."

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