Metal band Great White, known for their version of "Once Bitten, Twice Shy," has issued a statement following the show they continued to perform despite social distancing and mask guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
The band garnered criticism on social media after they performed an outdoor concert in North Dakota as part of the "First on First: Dickinson Summer Nights" concert series in the town of Dickinson.
Videos from the show revealed a packed and a largely maskless crowd. Hundreds of fans stood shoulder-to-shoulder alongside the stage.
Great White issued an apology statement regarding their decision to go through with the show despite national guidelines recommending that people not gather in crowds.
"We understand that there are some people who are upset that we performed this show, during this trying time," the band wrote to Blabbermouth via their publicist. "North Dakota's government recommends masks be worn, however, we are not in a position to enforce the laws."
"We have had the luxury of hindsight and we would like to apologize to those who disagreed with our decision to fulfill our contractual agreement," the statement reads. "Our intent was simply to perform our gig, outside, in a welcoming, small town," the band explained.
"We are far from perfect," the statement concluded.
Other musicians have come under fire for performing outdoor gigs for crowds of people during the pandemic. Chase Rice also found himself in the face of backlash for performing a show in Tennessee in June.
Likewise, Chris Janson found himself on the receiving end of some resentment from fans after playing a music festival in Filer, Idaho.