A tweet from Isbell’s Southeastern Records tonight announced that Wednesday’s concert was over: “Unfortunately the venue was unwilling to comply with the band’s updated health and safety standards. There is a dispute over this. The site’s statement, signed by President and CEO Jerry MacDonald, includes this passage:
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion fully supports and congratulates Jason Isbell and his team for their commitment to the health of their fans, team, band and hall staff. We’re all on the same page here and we are okay with what Jason Isbell would like to implement, but there is a timing issue. Implementing a major policy like the one requested will take longer than we have.
Pressed on this on Twitter by Sally MacDonald – a presenter at Houston’s Fox 26, and also the site owner’s daughter – Isbell replied, “The flag’s statement is false. Live Nation, the promoter, was on board, but the venue owner flatly refused to even attempt to implement the policy. Live Nation announced last week that it would allow all performers to institute a vaccine or negative test.