Great White apologise after playing North Dakota gig with no social distancing measures

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Controversial rock band Great White played a gig in North Dakota
this week with no social distancing measures.

The band are known for their tragic 2003 gig in Rhode Island, at
which 100 people were killed after the band set off pyrotechnics at
a small club venue.

This week’s gig, held on Thursday night (July 9) in Dickinson,
North Dakota, was part of the ‘First On First’ concert series,
which markets itself on its lack of social distancing restrictions
in place in spite of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“We do not have restrictions, believe it or not, we don’t
have any,” event co-ordinator April Getz told
The Dickinson Press
.

“It’s one of those things where if people feel comfortable
coming down and mixing and mingling, that’s their personal
choice. We’re leaving it up to everybody that chooses to
attend.”

See footage from the Great White gig, which was attended by
hundreds of people and looked entirely like a ‘normal’ concert,
below.

Great White have since apologised for playing the show. In a
statement shared via their publicist with
Blabbermouth
, the band said: “We understand that there are
some people who are upset that we performed this show, during this
trying time. We assure you that we worked with the Promoter. 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
apologise to those who disagree with our decision to fulfil our
contractual agreement. The Promoter and staff were nothing but
professional and assured us of the safety precautions.

“Our intent was simply to perform our gig, outside, in a
welcoming, small town. We value the health and safety of each and
every one of our fans, as well as our American and global
community. We are far from perfect.”

A number of controversial gigs have been planned in the US
recently despite coronavirus cases continuing to rise in many
states.
Vanilla Ice scheduled a 4th July celebration in Austin, Texas,

though cancelled the gig less than 24 hours after its announcement
due to poor ticket sales.


A new Wisconsin festival, originally called Herd Immunity Fest, has
also been scheduled for next weekend
(July 16-18). Taking place
across three days, the “mini-fest” will take place on an
outdoor stage at the Q&Z Expo Center, but there is nothing to
suggest that social distancing measures will take place.

The UK, meanwhile, recently
announced details of the country’s first socially distanced music
venue
. The Virgin Money Unity Arena, which is set to open at
Newcastle Racecourse, will be mapped out with a series of
individual viewing areas, which are safely located at least two
metres apart from one another.

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Great White apologise after playing North Dakota gig with no social
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Controversial rock band Great White played a gig in North Dakota
this week with no social distancing measures.
The band are known for their tragic 2003 gig in Rhode Island, at
which 100 people were killed after the band set off pyrotechnics at
a small club venue.
Read more:
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like?
This week’s gig, held on Thursday night (July 9) in Dickinson,
North Dakota, was part of the ‘First On First’ concert series,
which markets itself on its lack of social distancing restrictions
in place in spite of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“We do not have restrictions, believe it or not, we don’t
have any,” event co-ordinator April Getz told
The Dickinson Press.
“It’s one of those things where if people feel comfortable
coming down and mixing and mingling, that’s their personal
choice. We’re leaving it up to everybody that chooses to
attend.”
See footage from the Great White gig, which was attended by
hundreds of people and looked entirely like a ‘normal’ concert,
below.

Great White have since apologised for playing the show. In a
statement shared via their publicist with
Blabbermouth, the band said: “We understand that there are
some people who are upset that we performed this show, during this
trying time. We assure you that we worked with the Promoter. 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
apologise to those who disagree with our decision to fulfil our
contractual agreement. The Promoter and staff were nothing but
professional and assured us of the safety precautions.
“Our intent was simply to perform our gig, outside, in a
welcoming, small town. We value the health and safety of each and
every one of our fans, as well as our American and global
community. We are far from perfect.”

A number of controversial gigs have been planned in the US
recently despite coronavirus cases continuing to rise in many
states.
Vanilla Ice scheduled a 4th July celebration in Austin, Texas,
though cancelled the gig less than 24 hours after its announcement
due to poor ticket sales.

A new Wisconsin festival, originally called Herd Immunity Fest, has
also been scheduled for next weekend (July 16-18). Taking place
across three days, the “mini-fest” will take place on an
outdoor stage at the Q&Z Expo Center, but there is nothing to
suggest that social distancing measures will take place.
The UK, meanwhile, recently
announced details of the country’s first socially distanced music
venue. The Virgin Money Unity Arena, which is set to open at
Newcastle Racecourse, will be mapped out with a series of
individual viewing areas, which are safely located at least two
metres apart from one another.
The post
Great White apologise after playing North Dakota gig with no social
distancing measures appeared first on NME Music News, Reviews, Videos, Galleries,
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