Oliver Anthony has a message for any “wealthy males” charging an arm and a leg for live performance tickets.
Anthony, 31, took to Instagram on Monday, September 11, to vent his frustration after listening to that tickets to his now-canceled present on the Cotton Eyed Joe venue in Knoxville, Tennessee have been virtually 100 bucks every. “My adrenaline’s pumping, man. I’m pissed off proper now,” the “Wealthy Males North of Richmond” singer mentioned within the Instagram video. “Don’t purchase Cotton Eyed Joe tickets for $99 apiece. And positive as hell don’t purchase VIP for no matter bulls–t value they’re going.”
Anthony mentioned that the incident occurred as a result of his reserving agent – who works full-time as a plumber – agreed to the present “with out asking what the ticket costs are,” mentioned Anthony. The “miscommunication” led to this example, and Anthony inspired his followers to not pay the ticket value. “That’s horse s–t. If we’ve bought to cancel the venue and play some place else, we are going to. I didn’t comply with it, and I don’t need you to pay it.”
Within the video’s caption, Anthony mentioned his followers shouldn’t comply with paying $200 for a meet-and-greet. “That’s not acceptable,” he wrote. “Simply noticed the Fb submit and misplaced my s–t. … My exhibits ought to by no means value greater than $40, ideally not more than $25. Hell, out of the 4 exhibits we have now at present accomplished, two of them have been fully free. It will get straightened out tonight. Maintain off on shopping for tickets for now.”
Shortly after posting the video, Anthony wrote within the feedback part that the Cotton Eyed Joe present had been canceled. “I’m so sorry about all of this. I’ll do higher subsequent time. We’re nonetheless studying,” he mentioned.
Nevertheless, the venue responded to Anthony’s video through the official Cotton Eyed Joe Fb web page and mentioned they have been those pulling the plug on the occasion. “It’s a rattling disgrace what the world’s gotten to for the purchasers of the world-famous Cotton Eyed Joe,” the venue wrote. “Most occasions, we are saying a present has been canceled because of circumstances past our management. Effectively, we’re canceling the Oliver Anthony present beneath our full management. All refunds can be made within the subsequent few enterprise days to your authentic type of fee.”
The venue claimed Anthony was “contracted to play the Cotton Eyed Joe for $120,000 for 60 minutes.” The venue, which claims to carry round 1500 individuals, mentioned it set the pricing to cowl the price of taxes and to pay “the ticket web site their charge to promote the tickets,” in the end deciding on $99 “to interrupt even and convey our prospects a present we thought we’d be enjoyable.”
Anthony has been experiencing the push of fame since his tune, “Wealthy Males North of Richmond,” spent two weeks on the highest of the Billboard Sizzling 100 after going viral on YouTube. The Farmville, Virginia native’s observe was embraced by conservatives since its lyrics assault “the overweight [people] milkin’ welfare,” all whereas criticizing the “wealthy” politicians in Washington D.C., aka the city north of Richmond.
With the surge of conservative help for the tune, the place it was the premise for a query in a 2024 Republican presidential main debate, Anthony needed to converse out and say that the tune was “written in regards to the individuals on that [debate] stage.”
“The one factor that has bothered me is seeing individuals wrap politics up into this,” Anthony mentioned in a video posted to YouTube on August 25, per CNN. “It’s aggravating seeing individuals on conservative information attempt to determine with me like I’m one in every of them. It’s aggravating seeing sure musicians and politicians act like we’re buddies and act like we’re preventing the identical battle right here, like that we’re making an attempt to current the identical message.”
Anthony mentioned his politics lie “fairly useless heart down the aisle,” and he finds himself at odds with “the fitting making an attempt to characterize me as one in every of their very own” in addition to “the left making an attempt to discredit me…that sh—t’s gotta cease.”