Country music artist Travis Tritt announced Monday that he will cancel upcoming concerts at venues that require proof of vaccination, a negative coronavirus test, or that require the use of a mask.
The award-winning artist said in a tweet Tuesday: “The narrative that generates fear is crumbling. People who oppose this narrative frighten those who promote fear. Hold the line and stand firm.
Tritt also provided the media with a written statement regarding the canceled dates of the venues.
“I am putting my money where my mouth is and announcing that no venue or promoter demanding masks, requiring vaccinations, or pushing COVID testing protocols on my fans will be tolerated,” Tritt said in a statement.
The country singer noted that he has voiced opposition to the mandates “from the beginning” of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Many people are taking a strong stand against these mandates across the country and I wholeheartedly support that cause. I’ve been very strong against the mandates from the beginning, ”Tritt said.
The award-winning artist called the decision “a sacrifice I am willing to make” in his statement.
“This is a sacrifice that I am willing to make to defend the freedoms that generations of Americans have enjoyed throughout their lives. There are many promoters and venues across the country that appreciate the fans and freedom of choice in this great country, and those are the promoters and venues that I will be supporting, ”added Tritt.
Tritt apologized to fans who had already purchased tickets for his shows, adding that he hopes to reschedule in the future.
“I am sorry for the inconvenience this situation creates for anyone who has purchased tickets for these shows. We will try to reschedule unrestricted shows in these areas as soon as we can, ”the statement added.
At least four scheduled shows have already been canceled. They include Muncie, Indiana; Philadelphia, Mississippi; Peoria, Illinois; and Louisville, Kentucky.
Tritt’s calendar includes 13 concerts remaining on his website calendar.
On Monday, Tritt also discussed the issue of freedom during an interview with Steven Crowder on his show “Louder with Crowder.”
Tritt had previously stated in September to support those who oppose “any specific freedom and basic human rights.”
“The only way these injustices can be defeated is with a unified front against them. Use your voice to stand up for what is right and against what is wrong. Long live freedom! ” Tritt said.