Great White Apologizes for Concert With No Apparent Social Distancing or Masks: ‘We Are Far From Perfect’

Great White Apologizes for Concert With No Apparent Social
Distancing or Masks: ‘We Are Far From Perfect’, Shop Ticket Snatchers

Great
White
played a live concert on July 9 in Dickerson, N.D., where
there appeared to be no social distancing and few masks in sight
during the coronavirus pandemic. A YouTube video, which was filmed
from the stage during the outdoor set, showed attendees crowded
together around the stage as the band performed.

The show was part of the First on First: Dickinson Summer Nights
music series. Per the event’s Facebook
page
, more than 400 people indicated they would be attending
that evening.

As the concert made headlines for its apparent lack of
distancing and masks, Great White issued a statement, which the
band shared with Billboard:

“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
apologize to those who disagree with our decision to fulfill 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.”

Ahead of the First on First music series kickoff in mid June,
event coordinator April Getz told
The Dickinson Press
that it was one of the first events that
Dickinson didn’t cancel due to the COVID-19 crisis. As for health
guidelines such as social distancing and masks, Getz told the
publication that there were none in place. “We do not have
restrictions, believe it or not,” she said. “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.” (North
Dakota does not have a mask mandate.)

Billboard has reached out to First on First for comment.

This is not the first time a Great White concert has led to
controversy and criticism. In 2003, the band’s onstage
pyrotechnics during a Rhode Island nightclub show led to a
fire that killed 100 people
and injured more than 200 others.
The club owners and tour manager were charged.

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, artists around the world
have canceled concerts, opting instead to do livestream shows. More
recently, some musicians have begun doing
drive-in concerts
to encourage social distancing, and a few
have done in-person shows. Among them are
DaBaby
,
Chase Rice
, and
Chris Janson,
with the latter two facing criticism for their
shows, which did not appear to have social distancing or masks
enforced.

Watch the footage from the Great White set below:

Great
White played a live concert on July 9 in Dickerson, N.D., where
there appeared to be no social distancing and few masks in sight
during the coronavirus pandemic. A YouTube video, which was filmed
from the stage during the outdoor set, showed attendees crowded
together around the stage as the band performed.
The show was part of the First on First: Dickinson Summer Nights
music series. Per the event’s Facebook
page, more than 400 people indicated they would be attending
that evening.

As the concert made headlines for its apparent lack of
distancing and masks, Great White issued a statement, which the
band shared with Billboard:

“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
apologize to those who disagree with our decision to fulfill 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.”

Ahead of the First on First music series kickoff in mid June,
event coordinator April Getz told
The Dickinson Press that it was one of the first events that
Dickinson didn’t cancel due to the COVID-19 crisis. As for health
guidelines such as social distancing and masks, Getz told the
publication that there were none in place. “We do not have
restrictions, believe it or not,” she said. “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.” (North
Dakota does not have a mask mandate.)
Billboard has reached out to First on First for comment.

This is not the first time a Great White concert has led to
controversy and criticism. In 2003, the band’s onstage
pyrotechnics during a Rhode Island nightclub show led to a
fire that killed 100 people and injured more than 200 others.
The club owners and tour manager were charged.
Since the coronavirus pandemic began, artists around the world
have canceled concerts, opting instead to do livestream shows. More
recently, some musicians have begun doing
drive-in concerts to encourage social distancing, and a few
have done in-person shows. Among them are
DaBaby,
Chase Rice, and
Chris Janson, with the latter two facing criticism for their
shows, which did not appear to have social distancing or masks
enforced.
Watch the footage from the Great White set below:

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