Country singer Jamey Johnson cancelled his performance at House of Blues Myrtle Beach Sunday, July 23, after, what some are reporting, safety concerns at the venue.
Megan Ramhoff, show marketing manager for the House of Blues, said the venue will not comment beyond the following prepared statement: “As always, the safety and security of our guests is our number one priority.
[Sunday night’s] artist refused to adhere to our safety and security guidelines and would not enter the building. Unfortunately, [Sunday night’s] show is cancelled.
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“We regret any inconvenience to our guests. Refunds will be available at point of purchase [Monday]. Our box office will be open at 12 p.m. for any purchases made at the venue.”
Industry website SavingCountryMusic.com reports Tony Coleman, band member of Jamey Johnson’s, released the following statement: “As a member of Jamey’s band, House of Blues management ‘Live Nation’ was wrong for how they treated the situation. Jamey was ready to give an amazing performance as he has done every night since the year and 3 months I’ve been in his band. I stand with him on this. House of Blues didn’t need to treat us like we were terrorist. They put a medal(sic) detector between Jamey’s busses and the stage entrance and the only people coming in and out of his buses was us. His band and crew and 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. If someone came backstage to harm anybody you better pray there is a Jamey Johnson type individual around.”
Live Nation has owned House of Blues for m ore than a decade, and its security guidelines state: “Items not permitted include, but are not limited to: Weapons of any kind, alcohol, illegal drugs/substances, glass containers, cans, hard sided/large coolers, large or oversized bags/back-packs, laser pointers, animals (except service animals) and fireworks.”