Chase Rice took to Instagram Monday to address the backlash to his concert Saturday night in Tennessee, in which over 1,000 fans were seen cheering and not practicing social distancing, Entertainment Tonight reports. Among critics of the concert were country fans and country singer Kelsea Ballerini, who called the move "selfish." "I understand there's a lot of varying opinions, a lot of different opinions on COVID-19, how it works with live music crowds. My biggest thing is y'all… You guys are everything to me, so your safety is a huge, huge priority," Rice said in the clip. "So, moving forward, I have a show in Ashland, Kentucky, on Friday, and it's a drive-in show," he continued. "Take your truck, take your car, you can have your own space. You can get out of your car, you can get out of your trucks and party with me. Please do, sing the songs, but stay in your own space. Stay with the people you came with." Rice concluded his speech by saying, the safer we do things now, the "the quicker we can get to actual, normal live shows, which I know we all want."
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