As a result, he no longer performs at the Emens Auditorium in Muncie, Indiana; Pearl River Resort in Philadelphia, Mississippi; Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, Illinois; and Louisville Palace in Louisville, Kentucky. Indiana, Mississippi, and Illinois venues all require masks to be worn, while Louisville Palace – operated by Live Nation – requires attendees to have a negative COVID-19 test result or proof of vaccination.
The cancellations follow a statement released in August Tritt published that stated promoters or venues requiring COVID-19 security protocols “discriminate” concert goers and said it stands by those who oppose “the repression of specific freedoms and rights of basic human rights around the world.
According to Tritt, he and his team were not aware of any restrictions for concert-goers when they booked the autumn solo tour and canceled shows when they became aware of them.
As of that Monday afternoon, three other venues on his tour posted on their websites that masks were required: Hard Rock Live in Oklahoma, Bell Auditorium in Georgia, and Township Auditorium in South Carolina. Kick tells poster The team is contacting all of its appointments to confirm the status of such mandates and further updates will be announced shortly.
Based on seating maps still available on Ticketmaster, several of the four canceled shows had large numbers of tickets available when Tritt canceled the dates, but he did says: “In no way do shape, form or fashion play a role in this decision.”
He adds, “What we’re seeing is people waiting until the last minute to buy their tickets to make sure the show is actually going on and not being canceled or postponed like the shows were last year. “
Tritt’s headlining tour is slated to run through December, with stops in Georgia, Indiana, Texas, Michigan and more. The artist says he is “not against the vaccine”, but he is “against forcing people to take drugs they may not need and do not want”. No vaccines are required for his tour staff, and he adds that he doesn’t want to attend a show himself that requires masks, negative COVID-19 evidence, or proof of vaccination.
“I do not agree to any mandate that forces people to act against their better judgment or that would attack their personal freedoms. That’s why I’m committed to it, ”says Tritt. “And I know it’s definitely going to cost me money and that’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make.”
With the announcement on Monday, Tritt joins other acts Cancel performances due to COVID-19 restrictions, including Eric Clapton and comedian Jim Breuer.