News and country singer Chase Rice has been facing criticism from both fans and his peers. This criticism comes after he performed a concert over the weekend for a crowd. The crowd appeared to not be following social distancing guidelines or wearing masks.
Alright, so here’s what went down. On Saturday, Chase Rice posted footage on his Instagram Story taken from the stage at his concert in Tennessee. He wrote, “We back” alongside the video, which showed a cheering audience all standing on top of each other without masks. I’m just gonna start by taking a moment to say we should all still be doing our best to social distance and wear masks to look out for one another.
This pandemic is not over y’all! Many fans were quick to criticize Chase for holding a performance while the number of COVID cases are still quickly climbing in the United States. One person wrote, “Chase Rice just played a concert to an enormous crowd of unmasked fans here in Tennessee. “For once, I am at a loss for words.” Another fan said, “A live performance with a crowd at this time is irresponsible and ignorant of you @ChaseRiceMusicjust horrible.” Another person said, “This is DISGUSTING!!! I have been on the front lines in Nashville since early March, watched COUNTLESS patients die ALONE, been using the same soiled N95mask for weeks and this is what you are choosing to do down the street?!?!? @BBRMusicGroup @ChaseRiceMusic” But it wasn’t just fans that were calling Chase out.
Many other artists, including some of Chase’s country music peers, took to Twitter to share their feelings about him holding a concert during this time. Kelsea Ballerini shared the video from Chase’s story. She said, “Imagine being selfish enough to put thousands of people’s heal that 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.” And singer-songwriter Mickey Guyton replied to Kelsea’s post, writing quote, “I’m shaking I’m so livid.
He doesn’t give a shit about anyone or anything but his pocketbook and that is clear in this video.” And “An absolute selfish act. Shame on him.” And another artist, Casadei Pope, also replied to Kelsea’s story adding her comments about the situation. She said quote, “Wait. Is this real? I’m in confusion as to how this many people got approval by a venue to gather during a pandemic. Wtf?” And other artists like Ethan Cramer commended Kelsea for speaking up.
People Magazine came to the venue of the concert. Even though many fans were upset by the concert, the venue said that “they are abiding all the local requirements” for the event, and are taking numerous precautions. They gave free hand sanitizer and temperature checks for the guests while entering the event. But interestingly enough, Chase Rice wasn’t the only country star to get a call out for holding a concert.
Fellow country music singer Chris Janson also held a concert in Idaho on Saturday night. He also posted videos of the event on his Instagram story as well. His fans similarly tweeted their thoughts about this concert. One said, “Oh look, Chris Janson also doesn’t care about the health of his fans! I used to work for his management company but they laid me off in April.
So, now I can come right out and say that this is reprehensible, yay!” And fellow country star Maren Morris, who has worked with Chris in the past, retweeted this tweet about his concert. He said, “the people in this audience, along with the presenters of this show, are assuring that conscientious musicians won’t be able to work their jobs for a while. Also, that conscientious audience won’t be able to see shows for the foreseeable, and to be blunt, that fuckingsucks.”
Then Chris went ahead and decided to block Maren over this, which she shared with her fans on Twitter. Other country artists like Garth Brooks have tried to find safer ways to hold summer concerts for fans. It is like the drive-in concert he held over the weekend. And this didn’t face nearly as much backlash as both Chase and Chris’ crowded venue concerts. So who knows, drive-in concerts may be the way of the future!