Inspired by Clapton, Travis Tritt takes a stand for ‘freedom’ and cancels 4 shows over pandemic protocols

Country music singer Travis Tritt announced on Monday that he will not perform at venues that have strict COVID-19 protocols in place, effectively taking his lead from rock icon Eric Clapton.

Tritt said in a statement he was “putting money where my mouth is” and canceled four scheduled shows because the venues required vaccination proof, coronavirus testing, or mask mandates, declaring that any such discriminations “won’t be tolerated.”

The canceled show are in Muncie, Indiana on Oct. 23, Philadelphia, Mississippi on November 6, Peoria, Illinois on Nov 11, and Louisville, Kentucky on Nov. 13

“I’m putting my money where my mouth is and announcing that any venue or promoter mandating masks, requiring vaccinations, or pushing COVID testing protocols on my fans will not be tolerated,” the country music star said. “Any show I have booked that discriminates against concert-goers by requiring proof of vaccination, a COVID test, or a mask is being canceled immediately. Many people are taking a firm stand against these mandates around the country, and I wholeheartedly support that cause. I have been extremely vocal against mandates since the beginning.”

“This is a sacrifice that I’m willing to make to stand up for the freedoms that generations of Americans have enjoyed for their entire lifetimes. There are plenty of promoters and venues around the country that appreciate fans and the freedom of choice in this great country, and those are the promoters and venues that I will be supporting,” Tritt added. “I’m sorry for any inconvenience this situation creates for anyone who had purchased tickets to these shows. We will try to reschedule unrestricted shows in these areas as soon as we can.”

Clapton announced over the summer that he will not perform at venues that require proof of COVID-19 vaccinations and that he reserves the “right to cancel the show” following British Prime Minister Boris Johnson requiring the use of vaccine passports.

“I wish to say that I will not perform on any stage where there is a discriminated audience present. Unless there is provision made for all people to attend, I reserve the right to cancel the show,” said the legendary songwriter/guitarist.

He doubled down on his anti-COVID-19 stance in August when he released a new politically-charged anthem, “This Has Gotta Stop.”

Clapton experienced “severe reactions” when he took the AstraZeneca vaccine, and expressed concerns that he may never play guitar again.

“Needless to say the reactions were disastrous. My hands and feet were either frozen, numb or burning, and pretty much useless for two weeks. I feared I would never play again (I suffer with peripheral neuropathy and should never have gone near the needle.)

“But the propaganda said the vaccine was safe for everyone…”

Tritt appeared on the “Louder with Crowder” podcast and told host Steven Crowder that Clapton’s stance resonated with him and that he agreed with the rock icon. He also said that this was about “freedom.”

“We have to preserve our freedoms. We’ve never been in a situation in this country where the government has been able to force you to take medicine that you may or may not need,” Tritt said.

The country music star made it clear on Twitter that he was not denouncing vaccines in taking his stance, just the act of forcing them.

“Let me be very clear. I’m not speaking out against vaccines. I’m speaking out against anyone forcing the vaccines on people who may not want or need them,” he tweeted.


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