Chris Stapleton fans were greeted with the unfortunate news Wednesday morning (5-31) that Chris Stapleton will not be making scheduled appearances at eight separate shows, and has also canceled his appearance at the upcoming CMA Fest in Nashville. Shows in California scheduled to start Thursday, June 1st in Fresno, in Mississippi and Alabama next weekend, as well as a round of shows in two weeks in West Virginia, Ohio, and Indiana will all be rescheduled according to the Chris Stapleton camp. See the full list of dates below.
The postponements also affect the opening acts. Brothers Osborne and Lucie Silvas were scheduled to open the California dates, while Anderson East and Brent Cobb were scheduled to open the Southern and Midwest appearances.
The biggest point of inquiry at the moment is why the dates are being postponed, especially for people concerned about Stapleton, and for people who were planning to travel and now have to significantly rearrange plans. No reason for the cancellations were given, just “We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Hold on to your tickets for now, and stay tuned for updates … Thank you for your patience and support.”
Saving Country Music has reached out to multiple people in the Chris Stapleton camp, and so far no explanation has been provided. If one is forthcoming, this story will be updated. However if Chris Stapleton or his camp wanted to share the reason for the cancellations, they likely would have done so in their initial statement. It might be a personal matter of which details may be shared in the future, and are being kept private for personal reasons at the moment.
Chris Stapleton has been forced to cancel appearances last minute in the past. His show last year at the Santa Barbara Bowl on April 26th was postponed due to vocal strain.
June 1 – Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center
June 2 – Mt. View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
June 3 – Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre
June 9 – Southaven, MS – Bankplus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove
June 10 – Birmingham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
June 11 – Nashville, TN – CMA Fan Fest – CANCELLED
June 15 – Charleston, WV – Charleston Civic Center
June 16 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
June 17 – Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center