JASON Aldean has SLAMMED Eric Church for making the decision to cancel his country concert to attend the NCAA Final Four game.
Eric controversially postponed an upcoming Texas concert to attend the University of North Carolina’s big game against Duke in the NCAA's Final Four Tournament.
Fellow country star Jason, 45, spoke out today in an interview with E!, admitting: ”I don’t think I would feel good if I did that.”
Weighing in on Eric’s decision further, he said: “I understand somewhat where’s coming from, but I don’t know that I could cancel a show to make it to a game.
“I feel like people buying a ticket to come see your show, you kind of have to hold up your end of the deal on that.”
Jason and Eric, 44, have been longtime friends in the music industry and even collaborated on a song, The Only Way I Know, in 2013.
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Eric’s decision to cancel surprised many in the country music community, as the hitmaker has been renowned in his decades-long career for his close relationship with his fans.
However, the North Carolina native is also known to be a mega-fan of the UNC Tar Heels, and has been frequently seen at their games.
In an email sent out to fans this week, Eric described his cancellation of the San Antonio concert as “the most selfish thing I’ve ever done”, but asked fans to allow him “this moment with my family and sports community.”
He has since refunded fans and offered a new, free show to all those who had tickets to attend the original date.
SHOW OF THANKS
Taking to social media today, he shared his gratitude with his followers.
“Thank you San Antonio for letting me take my family to this game. It took me a minute to figure out how and when I could properly express my thanks.”
However, many fans feel that the gesture of a free show doesn’t go far enough to compensate.
Taking to Twitter, one wrote: “Will you reimburse my non-refundable flight and hotel room also?”
Another agreed: “But some of those people already paid for motel rooms and travel to get to the show. Is Eric going to pay for their motel and food and travel? He ruined a weekend for a lot of people”
Some on the other hand felt that Eric was doing the right thing.
One user commented: “See? Guys. The BEST.”
Another mused: “I think it’s cool that he was honest about why he wanted to cancel. A lot of celebs would have made up some kind of ‘emergency’ and not given the fans a second thought.”
The replacement concert will take place on September 2nd at Whitewater Amphitheater in New Braunfels, Texas.
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