It looks like Elle King won’t be performing at the world’s largest honky tonk this Friday.
Her concert at Billy Bob’s Texas was scheduled for this Friday, January 26th, but the bar issued a statement on their social media earlier that it has been moved to Saturday, September 21st:
“The Elle King event, originally for Fri. 1/26/24 has been rescheduled to Sat. 9/21/24 @ 10 PM. Original event tickets will be accepted for the new date.
Refunds are available at the point of purchase. Thank you for your understanding!”
The Elle King event, originally for Fri. 1/26/24 has been rescheduled to Sat. 9/21/24 @ 10 PM. Original event tickets will be accepted for the new date. Refunds are available at the point of purchase. Thank you for your understanding! pic.twitter.com/BFgV3z3R03
In case you somehow missed it, Elle King has been heavily criticized over her performance on the Grand Ole Opry this past weekend during the Opry’s Opry Goes Dolly tribute to Dolly Parton on the legend’s 78th birthday (and Dolly’s sister wasn’t too happy about it, either).
After appearing on the early show to perform “Jolene,” which reportedly went off without issue, King returned for the second show of the evening visibly intoxicated and started out her performance by slurring her way through Dolly’s “Marry Me” from her 2001 album Little Sparrow.
King forgot the words to the track while telling the crowd in the middle of the song that she went to nearby Robert’s Western World. It continued to get worse, and after the song, Elle unleashed a profanity-laced rant on the hallowed stage of the Ryman, which the Opry later apologized for after fans in attendance were rightfully upset about what went down.
Needless to say, it was a very bad look for the pop-turned-country singer, who put out her first country album last year with Come Get Your Wife, which was actually pretty damn good.
She’s a talented artist, but in the last month or so, she’s continued to get bad press for some awful performances, seemingly fueled by too much alcohol, as she had a similar situation while hosting New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash in December.
Billy Bob’s also shared the post on Facebook, which led to many fans reacting with comments speculating she’s going to rehab. While some comments were downright mean, many were supportive in wishing her well if this is because she’s taking a break to get help that she pretty obviously needs in some form or fashion:
“Hoping that’s an indication she’s getting some help. She’s talented but in a downward spiral.”
“Ah probably for the best. Hope she’s getting the help she needs!”
“Good Lord the comments. Folks need to show some grace.”
“Let’s hope she realizes she may need some help.”
As of right now, King only has five tour dates listed on her website, which are all scheduled for late February and early March.
Neither Elle nor her team has yet to release any sort of statement or apology regarding the Opry performance, or a subsequent plan for if she plans to take a break from concerts for now, so stay tuned because I have a feeling there’s more to come here.
Hopefully, Elle can take the time she needs and get the help for whatever issues she’s clearly having right now.
Here’s a clip from that aforementioned Opry performance: