This is going to be the next wave of news when it comes to Morgan Wallen – which future shows will stay on, and which will remove Morgan from the lineup?
We all know the story by now, and have seen the fallout day by day. Most recently, Morgan released a video statement regarding the n-word incident…
“I wrote many detailed thoughts and only a portion of those got used which painted me in even a more careless light… the video you saw was me on hour 72 of 72, of a bender… and that’s not something I’m proud of either.”
“I’ve accepted some invitations from some amazing black organizations, executives and leaders to engage in some real and honest conversations.”
“Since that video was taken I’ve been sober for 9 days. It’s not all that long of a time, but it’s enough to know that the man in that video is not who I want to be… so I decided to go off the grid for a while.”
“I have one favor to ask, I appreciate those who still see something in me and have defended me, but for today please don’t. I was wrong. It’s on me to take ownership for this and I fully accept any penalties I’m facing.”
Radio stopped playing him, but we’ll have to see how long that actually lasts. Wallen is going off the grid for a while, but what will the “comeback” actually look like for him and country music as a whole?
There aren’t any tours right now, and who knows how the spring and summer will shake out. There is stuff on the books, however. You’re starting to see more tours announced, such as Miranda Lambert at Billy Bob’s Texas among others.
In Indiana, Morgan is scheduled to perform at the LaPorte County Fair on July 14th, and they released the following statement which has begun to go viral.
“Over the past week, the LaPorte County Fair Board has received questions regarding Morgan Wallen, his use of a racial slur, and whether his concert at the Fair would still happen. First and foremost, the Fair Board does not condone racism or discrimination in any form. What he did was inappropriate and disappointing and goes against our commitment to being an inclusive organization.
Currently, the July 14th concert is still scheduled. In the meantime, the Fair Board is reviewing its options with respect to the scheduled performance and will provide further updates when they become available.”
The news story, and Facebook post, have racked up thousands of comments.
Morgan has run into a ton of trouble the last little while, but he has vowed to make real changes. Will he? Won’t he? We’ll have to wait and see.