Live Nation recently announced that artists in the US will have the option to decide on whether fans need to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination to get into their shows, and Jason Isbell in response has spoken about why he will uphold those requirements at all of his upcoming autumn dates with the 400 Unit, in the process justifiably losing his rag with an anti-vaxxer on Twitter.
“They’re just getting so much pushback from some of the governors of certain states who want to kowtow to their political base and try to make people think their freedom is being encroached upon,” Isbell said during an appearance on MSNBC. “I’m all for freedom, but if you’re dead, you don’t have any freedoms at all… People who work at the venues and who work in the music business understand. A lot of these smaller venues, they’re not going to be able to reopen if they go through another round of shutdowns.”
It’s fair to say that not all musicians share Isbell’s view. It’s also fair to say Isbell hasn’t got much patience with them:
All your shows free Marc, or do you sell tickets? Man fuck back off to the bar with this shit. I hope they turn the TVs off for you while you play. https://t.co/Hw9u6vCRlh
— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) August 6, 2021
Isbell continued: “This one does piss me off, I have to admit. How many kids are in the hospital in Louisiana right now, the place you love so much, @MarcBroussard? How many of our heroes died in the last year and a half? You seriously need to rethink some shit.”
Round two will hopefully be Isbell vs Clapton, then round three Isbell vs Van Morrison. We know which horse we’re betting on.