Zac Brown Band Blames Canada For Canceled Concert In Vancouver

"We are a family, a tribe. We stick together and support each other and we never leave anyone behind."

By Scott Bernstein Oct 22, 2022 1:40 am PDT

Zac Brown Band called off their show on Friday night in Vancouver after members of their crew were denied entry into Canada. The decision was announced just hours before the ZBB were supposed to take the stage at Rogers Arena.

“We’re sorry to announce that we won’t be able to perform in Vancouver tonight. Our Canadian fans are incredible, and we would love nothing more than to share an evening of music together,” wrote Zac Brown in a note explaining the decision. He stated the crew members were denied entry due to “charges on their records from over a decade ago that have since been removed.”

The Zac Brown Band has played 25 shows in Canada over the past 10 years, with two trips to the Great White North already made in 2022 as per Setlist.FM stats. “Each time we’ve come to Canada, we have been at the mercy of a single border agent who decides who is allowed in to work, and unfortunately, not everyone was able to make it in the country last night,” the frontman of the Grammy-winning ensemble wrote. “We are a family, a tribe. We stick together and support each other and we never leave anyone behind.”

“As a band who prides themselves on showing up with excitement and professionalism, we will always play where we are welcome and appreciated, and we’re so sorry we can’t be there tonight,” the note concluded. “Zac and his band and crew were detained in Vancouver for two hours because a few of his crew members had infractions that had been expunged years and years ago,” a source told People. “Zac refused to leave his crew members behind because they’re like a family, so he decided to cancel the show. He’s super upset about it because he loves his fans but he always says his crew — they’re like a family.”

Zac Brown Band’s Out In The Middle Tour continues on Saturday in Portland, Oregon.

The excursion continues through November 19 with dates laid out below.

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