Country duo, Florida Georgia Line, speak out after getting backlash from declining local police backstage at their recent shows.
Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line are getting major heat after last week’s shows at the Country Thunder Musical Festival in Kenosha, Wisconsin and Jones County Fair in Monticello, Iowa when police were declined to go backstage. A sheriff from event was asked by the band to not provide police presence backstage per the artist rider. However, they did not request “zero police presence”, only no presence backstage, as they have their own security. This wording has been used for four and a half years according to the bands manager and is only now causing issues. Then, to make matters worse, the duo requested police escorts following the show, which were respectfully declined, “They asked for a police escort and I denied it . . . They didn’t want us backstage so we just opted out of the escort. It’s not something we’re mandated to do.” Sheriff Greg Graver told Fox News.
As rumors surface, the country duo are making their voices heard off the stage. They took to social media to clarify their side of the story.
Brian Kelley even made it a point to call the Kenosha County Sheriff, David Beth, and apologize for all the mishap. Beth told Fox411 Country, “He [Kelley] was extremely apologetic and said it was a misunderstanding.” Also after a multitude of comments were posted on the Country Thunder Facebook page, the organizers took a stand to defend FGL, saying, “We have seen the original post and none of it is true. We had an epic show Friday night with FGL”.
What we have here, is a failure to communicate. It seems to be one big misunderstanding that led to more trouble than necessary. Florida Georgia Line has a strong fan base that I doubt will falter because of this. With that being said, their contractual language should probably be revised for their future shows. Until then, be on the lookout for their album release, “Dig Your Roots”, and as always, keep on keepin’ on.