Several members of the country music touring community have suffered a difficult blow as Zac Brown Band frontman, Zac Brown, announced that he has let go of approximately 90% of his staff and crew after his tour was postponed due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19.
Heartbroken and openly emotional, Zac shared the obviously devastating news on his Instagram page.
“It was a hard, hard day today,” he said tearfully. “For the last 15 years, my crew and who I carry with me out on the road to play my shows and do what we do, I’ve had to let go of about 90% of my family – the people that I traveled with and grew my business with, the people I high-five on the way out to the stage, the people who have done their jobs and done them well. I hate having to make this call, but I can’t generate out there and I can’t tour because of the coronavirus and everyone’s safety, and I’m fine with that.”
Zac’s voice then took a different tone as he continued, “I’ve got this message that I want to say to the people that aren’t taking this seriously and the people who are out partying and who are sitting on beaches and the people that don’t care if they get this virus or bring it home to their grandparents and maybe kill their grandparents or complicate their lives — the longer that America doesn’t take this seriously and doesn’t stay in and try to contain this, the longer that everyone’s going to be out of jobs, the longer that we’re going to be pushed into this recession that we’re all about to enter into. The sickness has just begun here. It’s just started to rear its head, so you need to wake up, you need to stay indoors and try to socially distance yourself and stay inside because America can heal from this.”
The “Toes” singer then took issue with the government’s handling of the issue. “We’re late to the game. I’m pretty ashamed of the way our leadership has handled all of this. I’m pretty ashamed of a lot of things. We can’t rely on our government to tell people what they need to do,” he said. “No one can tell us what to do. We have to decide for ourselves as Americans and we have to look out for the future of all of our jobs and the economy and each other.”
Zac closed his message encouraging everyone to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously.