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Zac Brown Band cancelled their Vancouver show just hours before they were set to take the stage, saying some of their crew were turned away at the border.
They were due to perform at Rogers Arena Friday night, and released a statement on Facebook that afternoon.
“We’re sorry to announce that we won’t be able to perform in Vancouver tonight,” read the announcement. “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.”
Zac Brown explained in the statement that he refused to leave those crew behind who had been flagged at the border.
“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 band have six more shows scheduled in North America before the end of the year, and will embark in March 2023 for several shows in the U.K. and Australia.