Rosanne Cash Postpones Upcoming Florida Concerts

by Matthew Memrick

Country singer Rosanne Cash announced on Monday that she’s canceling her upcoming Florida concerts.

The eldest daughter of music legend Johnny Cash made the decision based on concert safety precautions.

She posted a Twitter announcement Monday afternoon, and WFLA reported on it. The post got close to 13,000 likes and lots of praise from many of her social media fans.

“It’s with deep regret that I must postpone my concerts in Clearwater, Ft. Lauderdale, and Stuart, Fla. The state of Florida has made it impossible for these venues to require proof of vaccination, and I do not wish to put my audience, my band and crew, myself, and the venue staff at risk of becoming infected with COVID-19. I am disappointed, and I know you are as well. I promise to return as soon as possible.”

Cash did not provide information on refunds in the statement.

Cash’s Past Health Concerns Factored Into Decision

The 66-year-old Grammy Award-winner has dealt with past health issues.

On Nov. 27, 2007, she had brain surgery and later told fans of her Chiari malformation defect. Cash made a slow recovery and had to cancel shows but announced she was back in the late summer of 2008.

She went on to win Americana Music Honors & Awards Album of the Year in 2010 and the Spirit of Americana/Free Speech Award in 2018.

Canceled Concerts All Over The News

Stars like Travis Tritt and Kid Rock have become news over the past few months.

Kid Rock adamantly refused to make restrictions on several shows at Billy Bob’s in Texas. Days into the performances, his band members had positive tests, and the performer had to cancel the rest of the shows.

On the other hand, Tritt steadfastly decided not to play at any venue that had any mask mandates. He wiped one show at Ball State University in Indiana completely off his tour schedule as a result.

But Florida has become a no-go for many performers lately.

In September, pop-country duo Florida Georgia Line canceled a 20-city tour. The tour, which featured Russell Dickerson, Lauren Alaina, and Redferrin, would have gone from Sept. 24 to Nov. 20. 

Last month, rocker Jon Bon Jovi canceled a concert in South Florida at the last minute after testing positive for COVID-19.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Florida law says businesses cannot make customers show proof of vaccination. However, adding an option for a negative COVID-19 test is different. The newspaper said the Gov. Ron DeSantis’s office has acknowledged that the combination makes this rule lawful.

This decision sticks bands and event venues in the middle of the debates. While audience members can scoff at the mask rules, ultimately, the artist can decide to play in the state or not.