Chase Rice Responds to Concert Controversy, Asks Fans to 'Go by the Rules'

Rice offered no apologies for his recent concert in Tennessee

Chase Rice has taken to Instagram to issue a statement following controversy over a concert he held in Tennessee last weekend.

After video from the concert was shared on social media of a jam-packed crowd without a mask in sight, Rice received significant backlash from fans and fellow artists.

“I just want to address my show Saturday night,” Rice said in his 76-second Instagram video.

“I had a show in east Tennessee, 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. And I understand there’s a lot of varying opinions and a lot of different opinions on COVID-19, how it works with live music crowds, and what all that looks like.”

In his video, Rice didn’t offer an apology or express any regrets over his concert last weekend. Instead, he spoke about an upcoming drive-in concert he’s holding in Ashland, Kentucky this Friday and urged concertgoers to “go by the laws.”

“Please go by the rules. Please go by the laws on this Friday show coming up and the shows moving forward so we can get to regular shows soon enough,” he said.

Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary, the venue which hosted the Chase Rice concert has announced it has canceled an upcoming concert with Kip Moore.

“We know there will be lots of disappointed fans, including us, but it’s for the best,” the venue wrote on Instagram.

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