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Morgan Wallen was scheduled to perform at Ole Miss on April 23. But he canceled the show just minutes before he was supposed to go onstage.
His openers, ERNEST and HARDY, had already performed their sets. So fans were in the venue for awhile by the time Wallen made the call to cancel the show.
A message that appeared on the stage’s screens read:
“Ladies and Gentlemen, unfortunately Morgan has lost his voice and is unable to perform tonight. Therefore tonight’s show has been cancelled. Please make your way safely to the stadium exits. Refunds for tonight’s event will be available at point of purchase.”
Wallen also released a statement on social media:
“After last night’s show I started losing my voice so I spent the day resting up, talking to my doctor and working through my vocal exercises trying to get better,” he said. “I really thought I’d be able to take the stage and it kills me to deliver this so close to showtime, but my voice is shot and I am unable to sing.”
Many fans were upset about the last-minute cancellation. One women even sued Wallen over the canceled show:
According to Action 5 News, who obtained a copy of the suit, the woman was asking for Wallen to pay damages to his fans, on top of interest and attorneys’ fees. The lawsuit has since been dropped.
Wallen postponed three additional shows after the Ole Miss cancellation. He shared the news on his Instagram Story, saying:
“Y’all know how important my fans are to me, so I feel horrible about this news. There’s nothing more I want to do than be on stage playing for you guys. But as of today, I’m on doctor-ordered vocal rest and we have to reschedule this week’s shows. I appreciate and understand everything you do to get to my shows, so it would be unfair of me to put on a show that I know I will not be 100%. I’m doing everything I can to speed up the process of getting to that 100% mark.”
Wallen remained silent for several days after that. He finally returned to the stage on Thursday (May 4).
The ACM Entertainer of the Year nominee addressed his vocal issues in a video he shared on his Instagram Story before his show in Jacksonville. He said:
“What’s up everybody… I just wanted to let you know that I am in Jacksonville. We are going to play a show tonight, and all weekend. I wouldn’t say that I’m 100%, but I’m doing a lot better and to everyone in Oxford, I just wanted to reiterate how sorry I am for the way that went down.”
Wallen went on to explain why he canceled the Ole Miss show at the last minute:
“I thought I was going to be good to go, and I just wasn’t. So we are working on a reschedule date. We are close to a rescheduled date, I just don’t have the exact one yet. So as soon as I do I’ll let you know, and I appreciate y’all. Can’t wait to get back on stage tonight. Love y’all. Thank you for all the support, always. God bless you. See you soon.”
Wallen’s next shows are scheduled for Friday (May 5) and Saturday (May 6) in West Palm Beach and Tampa, respectively.
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