Country music star John Rich, one-half of the group “Big and Rich,” is celebrating a major legal victory.
A promoter filed a lawsuit against Rich months ago after the entertainer canceled a performance at a venue that altered its policy regarding unvaccinated attendees during the pandemic.
However, he prevailed in court, and took to Twitter to note the ruling in his favor.
“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 canceled it,” he wrote.
“The promoter sued me. He LOST the case today!” he added. “Happy to say I never bent the knee.”
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
Last year, Rich made headlines again with pushback against ‘woke’ music industry CEOs.
In an interview with “Just the News, No Noise,” he discussed his recent hit single “Progress” which he made and released without having a major record deal because he could not find one due to his conservative values and beliefs.
“I don’t have the backing of the country music industry really much anymore. And that’s okay. I would rather have my freedom of speech than their approval any day of the week,” he said.
“Within six hours of ‘Progress’ being released on those two platforms, it was the number one song in the world,” Rich said regarding its release on Truth Social and Rumble.
“I decided to not use Twitter, not use Facebook, and not use YouTube, because one of the lines in the song says, ‘They shut down our voices,’” Rich explained. “And by ‘they,’ I mean those platforms like YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.”
According to Rich, he wrote the song based on all of his frustrations of what has been happening in the country for the past two years, Just the News reported.
“I would not call that gas price progress,” Rich said. “I would not call the grocery prices progress. I would not call fentanyl in all of our neighborhoods progress. I would not call the border being wide open progress.”
“If that’s progress, they can stick it where the sun don’t shine — which is a really nice PG way of saying you know what,” Rich continued.
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