Jason Aldean has never been one to hide the way he feels and he certainly isn’t holding back his opinion on mask wearing.
The Georgia native returned to the road earlier this month for the kick off of his Back in the Saddle Tour 2021. While on stage at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York on August 7, Aldean addressed the crowd and shared his thoughts on his return to the stage.
“I’ve got to be honest, my favorite thing about coming back, it’s been 17 months since me and the guys were on tour last, alright? This is our first weekend back and who knows what’s going to happen next week,” he said in a video captured by a concertgoer. “So, shit we might play all night tonight, I don’t know ’cause I don’t if they’re going to let us play next week.”
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He went on to praise the lack of mask wearing among the crowd.
“But, you know the coolest thing about all this, the coolest thing to me right now is that I’m looking out, seeing all you guys, and I don’t see one f**king mask,” he said, adding, “I’ve had just about enough of that s**t. ”
Aldean’s comments prompted the crowd to erupt with applause as they chanted, “U-S-A, U-S-A.”
The former ACM Entertainer of the Year’s comments come as the United States is facing another surge of Covid-19 cases, reportedly fueled by the Delta variant. According to data from John Hopkins University, the US has reported over 1.5 million new cases of the virus in the month of August so far.
The new spike has prompted the music industry to respond, with Live Nation, AEG and other announcing new safety protocols for live events.
Live Nation revealed that artists and fans at the company’s venues and festival will need to show proof of vaccination or a negative test beginning October 4. Meanwhile, beginning October 1, AEG Presents will implement a proof of vaccine policy at 48 clubs and theaters around the country. According to reports, the policy will also be enforced at various festivals run by AEG Presents, including Firefly, Coachella and more.