The House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, S.C., cancelled Jamey Johnson’s concert hours before it was scheduled to take place on July 23.
The House of Blues issued a statement on Facebook, citing “safety and security” reasons.
A member of Jamey’s band, Melonie Cannon, posted two Facebook comments, one of which was attributed to Jamey’s drummer, TC Coleman.
- “no one in the band carried a gun in that building . . . FYI”
- “House of Blues didn’t need to treat us like we were terrorists, they put a medal [sic] detector between Jamey’s buses 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. 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 shit before we perform. I stand with Jamey because he’s a damn perfectionist about giving the fans a great qaulity [sic] performance without any phoney [sic] celebrity bullshit. Too bad Live Nations can’t figure it out. And for Live Nation concerts saying the artist did not enter the building is a damn lie. We did a hour plus soundcheck. No artist should be treated like that. Tony TC Coleman”
As you can imagine, the fans were not pleased and posted more than 160 comments to the House of Blues’ Facebook post.