During the lockdowns, I stated I’d NEVER play a concert venue that forced fans to show their “papers” for entry concerning Covid. One venue added that rule after I agreed to play, so I cancelled it. The promoter sued me. He LOST the case today! Happy to say I never bent the knee.— John Rich🇺🇸 (@johnrich) January 19, 2023
Rich had made a strong stand during lockdowns and vaccination rules that he was opposed to both. That and his victory tweet brought some fans to his side, while others disparaged his position.
Owners of some of America’s largest venues and events are changing the game for concert goers. Effective Oct 1st. Question to the fans: Do you love live music enough to “divulge your medical status” for entry? https://t.co/AGzLtNXbIq— John Rich🇺🇸 (@johnrich) August 12, 2021
Thank you for standing up to tyranny! We are with you!! 🇺🇸🙏🏻❤️ pic.twitter.com/9lHlDCYPLg— Jana (@JanaMcadams) January 19, 2023
Sounds like a plan👍— John Rich🇺🇸 (@johnrich) January 19, 2023
Last year, Rich chastised musicians who fired people over their personal medical choices. “Recorded with an A list player today who was FIRED from one of the biggest artists in country music for not taking the jab. Tears flowed, but in the end she did not bow down. GOOD for her! These ‘country’ artists market to you, but they ain’t you,” he tweeted in February 2022. Last month, Rich announced he had joined forces with nationally known conservatives Larry Elder and Ben Carson to launch a new financial institution that won’t cancel customers over their traditional American ideas. [firefly_poll] The “Progress” singer announced that he was co-founding the new bank they are calling “Old Glory Bank” along with retired neurosurgeon and Trump-era Housing Secretary Carson and conservative talk show host and former California gubernatorial candidate Elder. The trio’s media release promised that the bank would “never cancel law-abiding customers for their beliefs or for exercising their lawful rights of free speech.” “Old Glory Bank will serve lower- and middle-income Americans and those Americans that other banks have marginalized and ignored, hard-working patriots who keep this country running every day,” Carson said. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
Thank you for sticking to your principles. Stands like this are few and far between with high profile people who have a lot to lose.— Scott Morefield (@SKMorefield) January 19, 2023