"Selfish" Chase Rice facing Covid backlash after packed concert

Chase Rice Chris Janson

Chase Rice Chris Janson

You guys are everything to me.

He said fans can take their trucks and cars and "have your own space" at the show, though he encouraged fans to still participate.

"So moving forward, I have a show in Ashland, Kentucky on Friday (June 3), and it's a drive-in show", he said.

"And the biggest thing for all of us is the safer we are now, the quicker that we get to get to actual, normal live shows, which I know we all want". "You can take your trucks, take your cars".

"So, thank you guys for understanding, please go by the rules, please go by the laws on this Friday show coming up and the shows moving forward", he concluded.

Despite the heated response, a spokesperson for the venue insisted they had taken "numerous precautions" ahead of Saturday's show. "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". May's statement also added that there were fewer than 1,000 people at the concert, and everyone's temperature was checked before they were allowed into the show. "All vendors and staff were advised to wear masks and gloves when interacting with guests, and bandanas were available for purchase on-site".

People on social media pointed out the lack of masks and social distancing.

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Now, Chase is responding to the backlash and he says his next show will be a drive-in concert where he wants fans to follow social distancing rules.

'I love you guys, God bless you, and God bless country music, ' Rice concluded his video message.

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Unlike artists in some other genres, country acts tend to tour year round and often aren't as dependent upon album release schedules to coordinate tour dates.

Despite all this, the video shows what can only be described as a crowded venue, with Rice encouraging the unmasked crowd to sing along.

Morris again seemingly made reference to the situation when a fan tweeted, "Think it's fairly telling that a handful of male country artists will come to defend the actions of their own in an instant, but remain silent when women have voiced their opinions about racism, sexism, etc in country music (and society in general)", and she replied simply with, "Agreed".

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