Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit have announced that they will be requesting that all of their audience members provide proof of vaccination, or a negative Covid-19 test before being permitted entry to watch them perform.
In an interview with MSNBC, the country star stated: “I’m all for freedom, but if you’re dead, you don’t have any freedoms at all. It’s probably important to stay alive before you start questioning your liberty.”
He followed that interview with a Tweet that read: “We’re now requiring proof of vaccination or a current negative test to attend all our shows, indoors or out. If the venue won’t allow that, we won’t play.”
Isbell and his band’s announcement follows on from Japanese Breakfast who also made the same request ahead of their forthcoming tour, and Live Nation have allowed artists to take up this policy of demanding a vaccination or negative test proof.
Speaking about the Delta Variant, Isbell responded: “I think the people who work at the venues and who work in the music business understands [the severity of it].”
Adding: “From everything that I’ve heard so far, all the response I’ve gotten from people in the business has been positive, because they understand that we could go back to not working at all and a lot of these smaller venues aren’t going to be able to reopen if they go through another round of shutdowns.”
Aside from the upcoming tour, Isbell has also been keeping himself busy with a role in Martin Scorsese’s latest movie Killers of the Flower Moon.