Many of us feel like we’re living in a post-pandemic world. Earlier this year, things started to slowly move back to what we could almost call normal. However, COVID is still rearing its ugly head and putting a damper on several aspects of life. Live music is just one of those cherished things that the virus continues to affect.
Many country artists including Colter Wall and Garth Brooks have canceled tour dates because of COVID restrictions. However, other musicians like Eric Clapton have decided to continue playing shows. Instead of canceling tours due to restrictions, they’ve decided to cancel shows at venues that have any restrictive safety measures. Earlier today, Travis Tritt joined that group.
A press release revealed that Travis Tritt would no longer play shows at venues that require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test. Additionally, Tritt will no longer play in venues that have mask mandates. As a result, he has canceled four of his upcoming dates in October and November. TT fans who planned to see him in Muncie, Indiana on October 23rd are out of luck. Tritt also canceled his Philadelphia, Mississippi show on 11/6, his Peoria, Illinois show on 11/11, and his Louisville, Kentucky show on 11/13.
Travis Tritt included a prepared statement in the press release.
Travis Tritt Explains Show Cancelations
“I’m putting my money where my mouth is and announcing that any venue or promoter mandating masks, requiring vaccinations, or pushing COVID testing protocols on my fans will not be tolerated,” Travis Tritt said in the statement. The “Here’s a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)” singer went on to say, “Any show I have booked that discriminates against concert-goers by requiring proof of vaccination, a COVID test, or a mask is being canceled immediately.” Unfortunately for Tritt’s fans, these restrictions are becoming more common among venues and promoters across the country.
Travis Tritt went on to explain his decision. About that, he said, “Many people are taking a firm stand against these mandates around the country and I wholeheartedly support that cause. I have been extremely vocal against mandates since the beginning.” Those who follow Tritt on Twitter know this to be true. He never shies away from speaking his mind about important issues on the social media platform.
Travis Tritt knows that he is going to take a hit in the pocketbook for doing this. Canceling shows means fewer paying fans will get to see him perform live. He spoke on that as well. “This is a sacrifice I’m willing to make to stand up for the freedoms that generations of Americans have enjoyed for their entire lifetimes. There are plenty of promoters and venues around the country that appreciate fans and the freedom of choice in this great country, and those are the promoters and venues I will be supporting.”
Currently, Travis Tritt still has 13 shows planned for the rest of the year. Check out his website to see when and where he’ll be playing. Do keep the above-mentioned dates in mind though, some of them are still on his tour calendar.