Chase Rice Speaks Out Following Backlash Over Live Concert Amid Coronavirus Crisis

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Chase Rice is speaking out after getting some heat for his recent packed concert in Tennessee. The country music star took to social media to share a video with fans on Monday, and explained how his future shows will try to take more precautions to limit the possible the spread of the coronavirus.

"I just want to address my show Saturday night. For those of you who don't know, I had a show in east Tennessee. I took a video of the concert. Everybody had a blast. But then, once I posted the video, everybody seeing that online had a big problem with how the show looked, and how the show went down," Rice said in the video.

Country singer Kelsea Ballerini was among many critics who called Rice out for performing in front of a live audience, who did not appear to be following social distancing recommendations during his performance at the Historic Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary in Petros, Tennessee.

"Imagine being selfish enough to put thousands of people’s health at risk, not to mention the potential ripple effect, and play a NORMAL country concert right now," Ballerini tweeted, sharing a video of Rice's concert.

Rice said in his video on Monday, "I understand there's a lot of varying opinions, a lot of different opinions on COVID-19, how it works with live music crowds. My biggest thing is y'all… You guys are everything to me, so your safety is a huge, huge priority."

"So, moving forward, I have a show in Ashland, Kentucky, on Friday, and it's a drive-in show," he continued. "Take your truck, take your car, you can have your own space. You can get out of your car, you can get out of your trucks and party with me. Please do, sing the songs, but stay in your own space. Stay with the people you came with."

Rice concluded that the most important thing to remember is "the safer we are now, the quicker we can get to actual, normal live shows, which I know we all want."