A House of Blues venue in South Carolina cancelled a Jamey Johnson concert, citing safety concerns, though the rationale and details behind the decision remain unclear.
Johnson was scheduled to perform at the Myrtle Beach, S.C. venue on July 23. News of the cancellation broke via social media and flyers posted on the venue door.
“Tonight’s artist refused to adhere to our safety and security guidelines and would not enter the building,” the statement read. “Unfortunately, tonight’s show is cancelled.”
The cancellation caused hundreds of fans to flock to the House of Blues’ Facebook page to voice their frustrations. Melonie Cannon, a member of Johnson’s band, wrote that “no one in our band or crew carried a gun in that building.”
Live Nation, who owns the House of Blues franchise, instated some new safety guidelines following the May bombing outside of an Ariana Grande show in Manchester, U.K. The only public changes announced were restrictions on the types of bags concertgoers can bring into Live Nation venues and festivals. However, it is unclear if any other security measures have been put into place.
So far, no official statement has been made by Johnson or his representatives.
Johnson served as a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps before becoming a country music star.