It was the music heard round the world. As coronavirus cases rise in several states, country singer Chase Rice held a concert in Tennessee over the weekend for 4,000 fans, and it looked as if concert goers were not wearing masks or social distancing.
Chase shared the big moment on his Instagram story, captioning the video, “We back.” Once the video hit, the 34-year-old received instant backlash for allowing the concert to take place at all.
One critic was fellow country singer Kelsea Ballerini. The Tennessee native took to Twitter to call Chase out for putting on the concert in the first place.
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Kelsea retweeted a post with the video of Chase’s show saying, “Imagine being selfish enough to put thousands of people’s health at risk, not to mention the potential ripple effect, and play a NORMAL country concert right now. “
Adding “@ChasericeMusic, We all want (and need) to tour. We just care about our fans and their families enough to wait.”
Imagine being selfish enough to put thousands of people’s health at risk, not to mention the potential ripple effect, and play a NORMAL country concert right now. @ChaseRiceMusic, We all want (and need) to tour. We just care about our fans and their families enough to wait. 🤷🏼♀️ https://t.co/eJaLnGu28k
— Kelsea Ballerini (@KelseaBallerini) June 28, 2020
Singer Mickey Guyton commented on Kelsea’s post writing, “An absolute selfish act. Shame on him.” And fellow artist Cassadee Pope added her comment writing “Wait. Is this real? I’m so confused as to how this many people got approved by a venue to gather during a pandemic. Wtf?”
Wait. Is this real? I’m so confused as to how this many people got approved by a venue to gather during a pandemic. Wtf?
— Cassadee Pope (@CassadeePope) June 29, 2020
Chase made no secret of his want to get back on stage and perform for his fans when One Country spoke to him in May foe the release of his new EP, The Album Part II.
“There ain’t no reason to keep all these healthy people home for no reason at this point,” Chase said. “I hear two different things. You hear, you gotta respect the people who can get sick. At the end of the day though, I’m ready to go tour. I created music, I made music, it’s time to go, let’s play music live. I don’t know when their going to let us, but as soon as they do legally let us and we’re not breaking any rules, I’m gonna go be playing live music.”
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The concert was held at Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary in Tennessee, whose website reads “We will be observing social distancing guidelines.”
While it was apparent that social distancing was not in effect at the venue, a statement from venue regarding Chase’s concert shared with TMZ, states that precautions were taken.
“All local requirements were abided by for the recent concert, and numerous precautions were taken. We drastically reduced our maximum venue capacity of 10,000 to 4,000 maximum capacity (lower than the state’s advisement of 50%) with less than 1,000 in attendance Saturday night providing ample space in the outdoor lawn area for fans to spread out to their own comfort level.