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Great White issue apology for North Dakota concert with no masks after backlash: 'We're far from perfect'

The backlash came after reports emerged online that Great White had held a concert with no regard for health and safety guidelines
(Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

Members of the band Great White have now come out with an apology after receiving a ton of scorn for their recent actions from music lovers and critics alike on social media. This backlash came after reports emerged online that Great White had held a concert in Dickinson, North Dakota on July 9, with no regard for local health and safety guidelines. The concert was a part of the 'First on First: Dickinson Summer Nights' and many fans could be seen present at the concert without masks, a definite no-no amid the raging coronavirus pandemic. To make matters worse, the audience members were also not following proper social distancing protocols recommended by the CDC, with plenty of people standing in close proximity to one another.

Soon after the news of the event broke, the band was vilified on social media, with people calling them out for their lack of discernment, labeling them "the worst band ever." To add to the tragic irony of the situation, the Great White singer Jack Russell had previously slammed people who refused to wear a mask in public spaces, so this recent development made it seem like he needed to follow his own advice first.

Jack Russell of Great White perform at the Key Club in West Hollywood, California (Getty Images)

Soon after receiving a boatload of contempt and ridicule from all corners of social media, the band Great White issued a forthright explanation. Speaking to Billboard magazine recently, the band stated, "we understand that there are some people who are upset that we performed this show, during this trying time. We assure you that we worked with the promoter [First on First]. North Dakota's government recommends masks be worn. However, we are not in a position to enforce the laws."

This comes after the event coordinator for First on First, April Getz, told reporters that they were letting the festival-goers choose their own social distancing parameters — "We do not have restrictions, believe it or not," she had previously revealed. "It's one of those things where if people feel comfortable coming down and mixing and mingling, that's their personal choice. We're leaving it up to everybody that chooses to attend."

The band Great White also added, "We have had the luxury of hindsight and we would like to apologize to those who disagree with our decision to fulfill our contractual agreement. The promoter and staff were nothing but professional and assured us of the safety precautions." The band then signed off with a mea culpa, saying "Our intent was simply to perform our gig, outside, in a welcoming, small town. We value the health and safety of each and every one of our fans, as well as our American and global community. We are far from perfect."

It remains to be seen if Great White will continue to spark outrage with their next musical performance, but at least they've gone on the record to show they care about their fans as a professional band. But is an apology going to be enough?