Travis Tritt cancels his concerts at venues which require vaccines & masks

Travis Tritt performs live at the Valley Forge Music Fair

I still haven’t gone to any crowded indoor events. I haven’t even gone inside a movie theater since late 2019. But I understand that many people do feel comfortable enough and safe enough to go to crowded public events, either open-air or indoor. One of the big reasons why many people feel comfortable enough: because venues are doing a much better job requiring proof of vaccination, proof of negative Covid tests and/or mask mandates. While more people in America and Europe are vaccinated in this, the second year of the pandemic, this sh-t is not over. People are still unvaccinated. People are still getting Covid. People are still dying. I don’t know how much longer we’re going to need to listen to indignant morons screech “muh freedum” though.

Country singer Travis Tritt is one of those morons. No, it’s even worse than that: Tritt’s fanbase is made up of freedum-lovin’ morons who yell at him for performing at venues with vaccine-requirements and mask mandates. So now Tritt is cancelling his performances at the venues which do require proof of vaccination or masks.

Country singer Travis Tritt is ready to take a hard stance against COVID-19 vaccine and testing mandates at concerts, and announced Monday (Oct. 18) he’s even going so far as to cancel four shows making those requirements. Tritt says the negative comments he received after performing shows with COVID-19 safety protocols on the Brooks & Dunn Reboot Tour convinced him to do things differently for his solo dates.

“I got literally hundreds of comments and direct messages from people on all social media platforms, which basically told me how disappointed they were,” Tritt says. “They were heartbreaking.”

As a result, Tritt will no longer be performing at Emens Auditorium in Muncie, Indiana; Pearl River Resort in Philadelphia, Mississippi; Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, Illinois; and Louisville Palace in Louisville, Kentucky. The Indiana, Mississippi and Illinois venues are calling for mask wearing, while the Louisville Palace — operated by Live Nation — is requiring a negative COVID-19 test result or proof of vaccination for attendees.

The cancellations follow an August statement Tritt released that declared promoters or venues who require COVID-19 safety protocols are “discriminating” against concertgoers and said that he stood with those standing up against “the squelching of any specific freedoms and basic human rights around the world.”

As of this Monday afternoon, three additional venues on his tour stated on their websites that masks are required: Hard Rock Live in Oklahoma, Bell Auditorium in Georgia and Township Auditorium in South Carolina. Tritt tells Billboard that is team is reaching out to all of his dates to confirm the status of such mandates and further updates will be announced soon. Based on seating maps still available on Ticketmaster, several of the four canceled shows had a large number of tickets available when Tritt canceled the dates, but he says “in no way, shape, form, or fashion do ticket sales play into this decision. What we’re seeing is people are waiting until the very last minute to buy their tickets, to just make sure that the show is actually going to play and not be canceled or postponed the way the shows were last year.”

Tritt’s headlining tour is scheduled to run through December with stops in Georgia, Indiana, Texas, Michigan and more. The artist says he is “not against the vaccine,” but he is “against forcing people to take medicine that they may not need and may not want.” Vaccines are not required for his touring staff and he adds that he himself would not want to attend a show that required masks, proof of a negative COVID-19, or proof of vaccination.

“I totally disagree with any mandate that would force people to go against their better judgement or would attack their personal freedoms. That’s why I am making this stand,” Tritt says. “And I know, straight up, it’s definitely gonna cost me money and that’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make.”

[From Billboard]

He’s “against forcing people to take medicine that they may not need and may not want.” It’s October 2021 and we’re still having this “public debate.” The government isn’t lining people up in handcuffs and forcing them to take the g–damn vaccine. Cops aren’t even doing that, probably because cops around the country are too stupid to take the vaccine as well. If people are still clinging to this belief that they’re some kind of freedom fighter by rejecting the vaccine, so be it. Then they don’t get to go to country music concerts, restaurants, movie theaters, football games or their g–damn jobs. And Travis Tritt is just butthurt because the anti-Vaxxers yelled at him on social media. Enough.


Photos courtesy of Avalon Red.

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  1. Hyrule Castle says:

    My comment is directed at Billboard:

    Giving this any platform is dangerous. Not only should he be cancelled entirely, highlighting and giving more ammunition to “anti vaccination” people is a matter of life and death.

    This “both sides have the right to opinion” is also dangerous and a matter of life & death.

    One side: facts & science
    Other side: opinion

    But people insist on giving platform to people who argue opinions as facts.

    It has to stop.

    • Soapboxpudding says:

      Sigh. Agreed. Hey Travis, what about forcing them to go against their worst judgement?

      • Lilibetp says:

        One of the main reasons I moved away from Oklahoma in the 1990s was for the personal freedom to not have country music foisted on me in stores and public buildings.

  2. Layla Beans says:

    People still go to Travis Tritt concerts? Is it 1995?

    • Tanya says:

      Someone on Twitter posted the available seat map at those venues for his concert pre-cancellation. Based on the results, the answer to “do people go to Travis Tritt concerts” is a resounding no.

      • Lightpurple says:

        Will LeGate posted those maps. The shows were only about 20% sold. Nobody wants to see Travis Tritt.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      loved his comment about how ticket sales weren’t a factor.

      “never mind that I haven’t sold more than 75% of tickets…THAT’S NOT WHY I CANCELED I’M TAKING MY BALL AND GOING HOME!!!1!!1!”

      and wow…”hundreds” of comments and messages? poor fella. *EYE ROLL* that’s staggering compared to *checks notes* the more than HALF A MILLION who have died. f*cking simp.

      • lucy2 says:

        But…but…but…those people crying “Mah freedumb!” were “heartbreaking”!!!!

        IDGAF. Those venues have every right to set their rules, and those who don’t want to follow can just stay home.

    • Becks1 says:

      That was my first thought too lol.

    • a says:

      Also…it looks like those venues are about 1 step above playing the state fair (not that there’s anything wrong with that). 20% of a venue in Peoria? Or Muncie? Wow – those 200 people will be so disappointed.

  3. Veronika says:

    I’m surprised that this country music has-been can afford to lose out on the income from those shows.
    He can take his mullet from 1993 & crawl back to his swamp.

    • Kelly says:

      He’s an ass. Years ago I had an on-off relationship with a guy who used to be in his band. They were required to wear all black, even in outdoor shows in the summer, because Travis didn’t want any of them to stand out and draw attention. He travelled separately, never ate or hung out with them, and they only ever saw him onstage. Pretty much treated them like props in his show. My friend said it was great money and he had a blast hanging out with the other guys in the band, but Travis was a nightmare to work for. Not surprised that he turned out to be a MAGA idiot.

      • says:

        I’m not surprised either, and good gossip, too! But in all seriousness, Tritt has been an a-hole in public forever, but yeah, I bet behind the scenes he was a mega-a-hole like your ex said.

    • Rice says:

      No clue who Travis Twitt (typo and it stays) is, but he sounds like lots of fun.

  4. Lala11_7 says:

    So glad he’s not coming to my state of Illinois…that event would have become a super-spreader situation…with folks not wearing masks or taking them off when they got in….

  5. Chicken Tetrazzini! says:

    It will not, in fact, play in Peoria.

  6. Miranda says:

    I’ve always found the human race to be a rather disappointing bunch, but until the pandemic and the emergence of these whiny-ass freedumb fighters, I never realized just how selfish and shitty people really are.

    To paraphrase Heather Mooney, these braindead redneck assholes can go fuck a sheep, or their sisters, or themselves.

    • lanne says:

      let’s spare their sisters and any nearby sheep from violation. Let’s have them just f themselves!

    • Deering24 says:

      Is there a “stupid virus” that hit before covid? Because honest to God, it’s unbelievable how crazy these people keep getting.

    • Blueskies says:

      Truly. I shudder to think how a mass, prolonged water or food shortage would affect these people. Or multiple natural disasters where you don’t have the option of waving your “I’m exceptional” flag. Wearing masks and getting vaccines will seem quaint.

  7. schmootc says:

    One thing I’ve noticed about the mandates is – for my environment at least – anti-vaxxers are being outed. There are a few people in my office that I’ve always liked that I now know are of that mindset. Good to know who not only doesn’t get science, but also cares more about having their own way than anyone else, their jobs, etc. Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

  8. Lizzie says:

    Sounds like he’s trying to get good publicity for a failing tour.

  9. Peachtree says:

    The Aldeans released similar anti-vaccine messages over instagram.

  10. Jan says:

    Ticket sales are the deciding factor.
    Why is he using Botox if he is against the covid vaccine?
    Looking like a puffer fish.

  11. L4frimaire says:

    The strangest thing about this is that he is blocking a ton of blue checks on Twitter I guess to prevent dragging. It’s kind of funny to see who Travis Tritt blocked because he doesn’t like vaccine mandates.

  12. Juniper says:

    I did a stint working at Ticketmaster and a lot of the time if an act didn’t sell to a certain percentage, the performer would cancel the show to spare themselves the embarrassment of playing to an empty house. I’m wondering if this is the case and he’s putting an Antivax spin on it for publicity.