Great White is the center of some new controversy, after they opted to play a live show in Dickinson, North Dakota, to a crowd of maskless attendees.
A video from the July 9th concert, shows a crowd of a few hundred people, all huddled close together and not a single mask wearer among them. North Dakota is a state that tries to implement the CDC guidelines of practicing social distancing and wearing a mask when in public. So why was Great White playing to a crowd that weren’t following these rules? Because Great White “are not in a position to enforce the laws” and “to fulfill our contractual agreement”.
The band released a statement after the show stating, “We understand that there are some people who are upset that we performed this show, during this trying time. We assure you that we worked with the Promoter. North Dakota’s government recommends masks be worn, however, we are not in a position to enforce the laws.
“We have had the luxury of hindsight and we would like to apologize to those who disagree with our decision to fulfill our contractual agreement.
“The Promoter and staff were nothing but professional and assured us of the safety precautions.
“Our intent was simply to perform our gig, outside, in a welcoming, small town.
“We value the health and safety of each and every one of our fans, as well as our American and global community.
“We are far from perfect.”
While they were wanting to fulfill a contractual agreement and they can’t “enforce the laws”, they can still tell the promoter that they want people wearing masks, or at least social distancing.
The promoter April Getz, also released a statement on July 10th saying, “We do not have restrictions, believe it or not, we don’t have any. It’s one of those things where if people feel comfortable coming down and mixing and mingling, that’s their personal choice. We’re leaving it up to everybody that chooses to attend.”
Well here’s hoping that nobody contracted Covid, while attending the Great White show. Video of concert can be seen below.