GREAT WHITE played an outdoor show on July 9th in Dickinson, North Dakota as part of “First On First: Dickinson Summer Nights”. Video footage of the concert can be seen below.
While numerous events have been imposing restrictions, such as wearing masks and social distancing, “First On First” has none of them.
April Getz, an event coordinator for Odd Fellows, which organizes, runs and comes up with the funding for the events, told The Dickinson Press: “We do not have restrictions, believe it or not, we don’t have any.”
“It’s one of those things where if people feel comfortable coming down and mixing and mingling, that’s their personal choice,” Getz added. “We’re leaving it up to everybody that chooses to attend.”
Last night (July 11), GREAT WHITE issued a statement to Blabbermouth.net via the band’s publicist: “GREAT WHITE would like to address our Thursday, July 9, at First On First Dickinson Summer Nights concert in North Dakota.
“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. North Dakota’s government recommends masks be worn, however, we are not in a position to enforce the laws.
“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,” statement continues. “The Promoter and staff were nothing but professional and assured us of the safety precautions.
“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.”