Myrtle Beach, SC – A scheduled July 23rd concert for Jamey Johnson at House of Blues at Myrtle Beach was cancelled after Live Nation, the venue’s managing company, placed metal detectors between the band’s bus and the stage entrance. It is unclear if Jamey was actually carrying at the time, but it is likely.
The band had already arrived when the concert was cancelled. One of the band members, TC Coleman, the drummer, stated that the House of Blues people were wonderful to them, but stands with Jamey’s decision not to disarm. He referred to the management as “Unlive Nation.”
Live Nation refuses to allow legally permitted weapons inside their establishments.
Though the House of Blues issued refunds, the ticket holders were furious, since many of them had driven long distances and had hotel rooms for the night.
Jamey is a US Marine Veteran who served in the Marine Corps Reserve from 1995-2003. He was a mortar man, and rose to the rank of Corporal during his service.
The business has the right to refuse concealed carriers in South Carolina if there is a sign clearly posted. But businesses also have the right to allow someone on the premises that is legally carrying. In this case, they chose not to do so.
According to Mark Walters at Ammoland, South Carolina law states:
“…Place clearly marked with a sign prohibiting the carrying of a concealable weapon on the premises pursuant to Sections 23-31-220 and 23-31-235. Except that a property owner or an agent acting on his behalf, by express written consent, may allow individuals of his choosing to enter onto property regardless of any posted sign to the contrary…”
In other words Live Nation could have allowed Jamey Johnson and his crew to enter the establishment and perform even it it was marked otherwise. The House of Blues lost a lot of money, fans were exceedingly angry, and it all could have been avoided. But Live Nation is the one to bear responsibility for the fiasco.
As TC so eloquently put it,
“WE DID NOT COME TO HOUSE OF BLUES TO BE TREATED LIKE WE ARE GOING TO KILL THE FANS. IF SOMEONE CAME BACKSTAGE TO HARM ANYBODY YOU BETTER PRAY THERE IS A JAMEY JOHNSON TYPE INDIVIDUAL AROUND.” Tony TC Coleman