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Rice claims concern about fan safety after live concert amid COVID-19

Monday, June 29, 2020 – Chase Rice, who played a non-socially distanced concert Saturday and posted a video of it receiving backlash, claimed in an online post on Monday that he was concerned about fan safety.

Rice headlined an outdoor show on Saturday night for almost 1,000 people at the Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary, a historic prison and concert venue in Petros, Tenn.

Videos and photos of the concert were posted online with people not socially distanced near the front of the page.

Other artists pummeled Rice on social media. Kelsea Ballerini called tweeted, "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."

Mickey Guyton tweeted, "I'm shaking I'm so livid. He doesn't give a shit about anyone or anything but his pocket book and that is clear in this video."

Rice took to Instagram to post comments about the concert, but did not apologize for the concert.

"I just wanted to address my show Saturday night... I 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," Rice said in an Instagram post. "I understand there's a lot of varying opinions, a lot of different opinions on COVID-19, how it works with live music crowds and what all that looks like."

"My biggest thing is y'all.You guys are everything to me, so your safety is a huge, huge priority," he said. Rice said his next show, a July 3 concert in Ashland, Ky. will be done in a drive-in format. "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 guys for understanding. Please go by the rules, please go by the laws."

Rice continued receiving numerous negative comments online. "Literally nothing of substance in that video. You didn't even pretend to apologize," said katiewheel 23.

Chris Janson headlined the third day of Gordy's Hwy 30 Music Fest in Filer, Idaho on Saturday. Like Rice, he was attacked on social media for having crowds that were not socially distant.

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