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Coronavirus: Zac Brown Band cancels tour, Tampa show after laying off crew

The group’s Sept. 18 concert at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre won’t be happening.
Zac Brown Band was scheduled to perform at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Oct. 20, 2019. [Courtesy of Diego Pernia]
Zac Brown Band was scheduled to perform at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Oct. 20, 2019. [Courtesy of Diego Pernia]

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The entertainment world is only beginning to realize the full impact of the coronavirus on the live music industry. But tour workhorses the Zac Brown Band are already feeling it.

The superstar country act canceled all 2020 tour dates, including a Sept. 18 concert at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, due to the coronavirus. And the canceled dates are just the beginning. In an emotional video, Brown said he’s laid off most of his road crew and staff.

“I’ve had to let go of about 90 percent of my family — the people that I traveled with and grew my business with, the people I high-five on the way out to the stages, the people that have done their jobs and done them well,” he said. “I hate having to make this call, but I can’t generate out there, and I can’t tour, because of the coronavirus and everyone’s safety.”

In the video, Brown blamed both governmental leaders and “people who are sitting out on beaches” for not taking the coronavirus seriously enough.

“We’re late to the game,” he said. “I’m pretty ashamed by the way our leadership’s handled all this. I’m pretty ashamed of a lot of things. We can’t rely on our government to tell people what they need to do.”

He said practicing social distancing is critical, and that in time, America will heal, and major events can start happening again.

“I love to spread music and spread love in song and share music with the world,” he said. “I’m going to do my best to do that from closed doors. But if we’re going to heal form this, and we’re going to get back to doing what we were doing before this hit, then everybody’s got to take this seriously.”

Tickets to the band’s 2020 dates, including the Tampa show, can be refunded through Ticketmaster or point of purchase. Click here for details.

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