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‘We never leave anyone behind’: Zac Brown Band forced to cancel concert after being denied entry in Canada

The band and their crew were on their way to perform at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Colombia when they were halted by border inspectors
UPDATED OCT 24, 2022
Zac Brown Band was denied entry into Canada which led to its concert in Vancouver getting canceled (Terry Wyatt/Getty Images)
Zac Brown Band was denied entry into Canada which led to its concert in Vancouver getting canceled (Terry Wyatt/Getty Images)

VANCOUVER, CANADA: The Zac Brown Band was reportedly compelled to cancel its performance in Vancouver, Canada on October 21, 2022, after several of its members were refused entry into the country. The band took to social media to apologize for disappointing their Canadian fans.

The band and their crew were on their way to perform at Rogers Arena in Vancouver when they were halted by border inspectors. “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 Magazine. “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.” According to the Rogers Arena's website, representatives claimed that "unforeseen logistical issues" were to blame for the show's cancellation. Following the abrupt cancellation just hours before it was slated to begin, all ticket holders were given refunds.


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Zac Brown of Zac Brown Band performs during day 1 of CMA Fest 2022 at Nissan Stadium on June 09, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Zac Brown could not perform at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver (Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

In a Facebook post, the band wrote, "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. Some of our crew members had charges on their records from over a decade ago that have since been removed. Our team has regularly performed in Canada for 10 years, including two performances this year alone. 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. 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."

Zac Brown Band Facebook post (Photo credit screenshot Zac Brown Band / Facebook)
Zac Brown Band apologized on Facebook (Zac Brown Band/Facebook)

The band added that they have regularly performed in Canada over the past ten years and even had two gigs in early 2022. The band made a hasty retreat and traveled to Portland, Oregon, for a concert on Saturday, October 22, after being turned away at the Canadian border.

Since beginning its 32-date ‘Out In The Middle Tour’ in Greenville, South Carolina, in April, the country-rock band has been performing live in various locations. The tour is expected to end on November 19, 2022, in Phoenix, Arizona.

The band's official website states that their North American tour for 2022 will come to a close with a New Year's Eve performance in Nashville, Tennessee. Following a two-and-a-half-month hiatus, they will restart their tour schedule in the UK and Australia on March 10, 2023, with a performance in Glasgow, Scotland.