Zac Brown spoke candidly to his fans in a video today, revealing that he’s had to lay off most of his crew after cancelling Zac Brown Band‘s Owl Tour.
“It’s a hard day today,” the 41-year-old musician started off. “For the last 15 years, my crew and who I carry with me out on the road to do my shows and do what we do — I’ve had to let go of about 90% of my family, the people that I travel with and do my business with…I hate having to make this call, but I can’t generate out there and I can’t tour because of the coronavirus and everyone’s safety.”
Zac continued, urging to fans to take the pandemic seriously.
“I’ve got this message that I want to say to the people that aren’t taking this seriously, and the people who are out partying and the people that are sitting on beaches and the people that don’t care if they get this virus or take it home to their grandparents and maybe kill their grandparents or complicate their lives,” he says. “The longer that America doesn’t take this seriously and doesn’t stay in and try to contain this, the longer that everyone’s gonna be out of jobs; the longer that we’re gonna be pushed into this recession that we’re all about to enter into.”
He heeded that those people “need to wake up” and “stay indoors and try to socially distance yourself and stay inside…The sooner that we take action on this, and we don’t wait on our government to tell us that this was a serious issue and that this should be…”
“I’m pretty ashamed of the way that our leadership’s handled all of this,” Zac admitted in the video. “I’m pretty ashamed of a lot of things. We can’t rely on our government to tell people what they need to do. You can read between the lines. You can read all of the articles of everything happening everywhere around the world, and we’re less protected than a lot of those countries, because no one can tell us what to do. We have to decide for ourselves as Americans that we have to look out for the future of all of our jobs and for the economy and for each other.”
Watch his full video below:
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