The Zac Brown Band was forced to cancel its show in Vancouver, Canada Friday night when some of its members were denied entry into the country.
The band and their crew were scheduled to play at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, when they were stopped at the border by agents.
‘Zac and his band and crew were detained in Vancouver for two hours because a few of his crew members had infractions that had been expunged years and years ago,’ a source told People.
‘Zac refused to leave his crew members behind because they’re like a family, so he decided to cancel the show. He’s super upset about it because he loves his fans but he always says his crew — they’re like a family.’
Show cancelled: The Zac Brown Band cancelled its show in Vancouver, Canada on Friday night when some members were denied entry into the country
Representatives with the Rogers Arena said the show was canceled due to ‘unforeseen logistical issues,’ according to its website, and then proceeded to refund all ticket holders following the abrupt cancellation just hours before its scheduled start.
‘We’re sorry to announce that we won’t be able to perform in Vancouver tonight,’ Brown wrote on the band’s Facebook page Friday night. ‘Our Canadian fans are incredible, and we would love nothing more than to share an evening of music together. Some of our crew members had charges on their records from over a decade ago that have since been removed.’
The musician went on to reveal that they have been regularly performing in Canada over the past decade and had even done two shows in the country earlier this year.
‘Each time we’ve come to Canada, we have been at the mercy of a single border agent who decides who is allowed in to work, and unfortunately, not everyone was able to make it in the country last night,’ the statement read, before Brown shared how their band motto is to stick together on and off the stage.
‘We stick together’: Zac Brown released a statement on the band’s Facebook page explaining the logistics behind the cancelation of Friday’s show in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Frustrating: Brown, 44, expressed his frustration over certain members being denied entry into Canada, especially sine the band had already played in Canada earlier this year
He proceeded to call the Atlanta, Georgia-based group a ‘family’ and a ‘tribe’ who ‘support each other’ and ‘never leave anyone behind.’
The singer and guitarist maintained they are ‘a band who pride themselves on showing up with excitement and professionalism’, and that they will ‘always play where we are welcome and appreciated.’
In conclusion, the band apologized for the cancelation, writing, ‘We’re so sorry we can’t be there tonight.’
After being denied entry, the band had a quick turnaround and headed to Portland, Oregon for a show on Saturday, October 22.
On the road again: The country-rock group has been out on its 32-date Out In The Middle Tour since its inception in Greenville, South Carolina in April; the band is seen in September 2021
The country-rock group has been out on its 32-date Out In The Middle Tour since its inception in Greenville, South Carolina in April, and is slated to go through until a show in Phoenix, Arizona on November 19.
Their North American tour for 2022 officially ends with a New Year’s Eve concert in Nashville, Tennessee, And then, after a two-and-a-half month break from the road, they’ll resume their tour schedule in the UK and Australia with a show in Glasgow, Scotland on March 10, according to the band’s official website.
Beginning in 2008, the Zac Brown Band have released seven studio albums, with the most recent, The Comeback, coming in October 2021, along with two live albums, one greatest-hits compilation, and two extended plays (EPs).
The current lineup consists of Zac Brown (lead vocals, guitar), Jimmy De Martini (fiddle, vocals), John Driskell Hopkins (bass, guitar, baritone guitar, banjo, upright bass, vocals), Coy Bowles (guitar, keyboards) , Matt Mangano (bass), Chris Fryar (drums) , Clay Cook (guitar, keyboards, mandolin. steel guitar, vocals) and Daniel de los Reyes (percussion).