A scheduled concert by artist Jamey Johnson was cancelled when he reportedly refused to disarm when entering the venue.
The House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, S.C. announced the cancellation of the Sunday night show due to concerns over violations of “safety and security guidelines,” but members of Johnson’s band are telling a different story.
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“Tonight’s artist refused to adhere to our safety and security guidelines and would not enter the building,” the House of Blues announced in a post on Facebook around 7:30pm Sunday, just before the start of the show.
But a few hours later, Johnson’s drummer, Tony “TC” Coleman, disputed the venue’s version of events and posted on his own Facebook account: “IT DID’NT GO DOWN LIKE THAT.”
The 62-year-old drummer who toured with B.B. King gave a more detailed explanation in a follow up post on Monday, which was later removed. The Boot reported on the content of that post:
“HOUSE OF BLUES DID’NT NEED TO TREAT US LIKE WE WERE TERRORIST. THEY PUT A MEDAL DETECTOR BETWEEN JAMEY’S BUSSES AND THE STAGE ENTRANCE AND THE ONLY PEOPLE COMING IN AND OUT OF HIS BUSES WAS US … WE ALL HAVE LAMINATED STAGE IDENTIFICATION. WE DID NOT COME TO HOUSE OF BLUES TO BE TREATED LIKE WE ARE GOING TO KILL THE FANS,” Coleman writes. “IF SOMEONE CAME BACKSTAGE TO HARM ANYBODY YOU BETTER PRAY THERE IS A JAMEY JOHNSON TYPE INDIVIDUAL AROUND. THE BACKSTAGE AREA IS SUPPOSED TO BE TIGHTLY SECURED FOR OUR PROTECTION NOT TO PROTECT US FROM OURSELVES. HOW CAN YOU EXPECT ANY ARTIST TO GIVE A GREAT PERFORMANCE IF YOU ARE GONNA GIVE HIM OR HER A BUNCH OF S–T BEFORE WE PERFORM.
Melonie Cannon, who is a singer wit the band, also responded, posting a comment on the original House of Blues announcement.
“No one in our band or crew carried a gun in that building … FYI,” Cannon wrote.
Johnson served in the United States Marine Corps as a mortarman, achieving the rank of Corporal before moving on to a career in country music.
Though many fans expressed their disappointment with the cancelled show, they appeared to be in full support of the decision made by Johnson.
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— Gina Lopez (@tatoodGinaLopez) July 25, 2017
— James Landen (@jlanden3342) July 25, 2017
— Bannon Hancock Band (@bannonhancock) July 25, 2017
@jamey_johnson is a Marine. Their crew members live on the road, as long as they are trained and licensed, protection is essential.
— PT Bielbs (@ptbielbs) July 25, 2017
THANKS , JAMEY JOHNSON FOR STANDING UP FOR YOUR CONSTITUTION & 1st AMENDMENT RIGHT.. ” YOU ARE A PATRIOT https://t.co/Ki50jSOXRK
— GET IT OUT (@CURTISPIKE1) July 25, 2017
Jamey Johnson …..true to his self true to his beliefs true American….
— Jody Armstrong (@JodyArm85568829) July 25, 2017
— The SSC (@The_SSChannel) July 25, 2017
— Jared Johnson (@doublebender33) July 25, 2017
— Nic Prothero (@NDSUnic) July 25, 2017
Your decision is awesome, 110% support! Haven’t been a Jamey Johnson fan before but am now! Buying your album! Thank you sir.
— Matt Thimgan (@mattdt1138) July 25, 2017
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