Concert is this weekend in Houston
Lee Greenwood, T. Graham Brown, Larry Gatlin, Larry Stewart, Danielle Peck and Jacob Bryant are set to lead an all-star “Grand Ole Night of Freedom” concert for the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) 2022 Annual Meetings & Exhibits this Memorial Day Weekend in Houston. Don McLean was on the bill, but has backed out in light of the mass shooting that killed at least 19 children and two adults in Uvalde, TX on Tuesday (May 24th).
“In light of the recent events in Texas, I have decided it would be disrespectful and hurtful for me to perform for the NRA at their convention in Houston this week. I’m sure all the folks planning to attend this event are shocked and sickened by these events as well. After all, we are all Americans. I share the sorrow for this terrible, cruel loss with the rest of the nation,” McLean says in a statement.
The annual gathering is taking place from May 27-29 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas, less than 300 miles away from Uvalde. The concert is set for Saturday, May 28th.
The NRA has addressed the shooting ahead of the event.
“Our deepest sympathies are with the families and victims involved in this horrific and evil crime. On behalf of our members, we salute the courage of school officials, first responders and others who offered their support and services,” the organization writes.
“Although an investigation is underway and facts are still emerging, we recognize this was the act of a lone, deranged criminal. As we gather in Houston, we will reflect on these events, pray for the victims, recognize our patriotic members, and pledge to redouble our commitment to making our schools secure.”
The event will showcase over 14 acres of the latest guns and gear from the most popular companies in the industry.
As of press time, former President Donald Trump, Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Texas Senator Ted Cruz are still expected to attend. Texas Senator John Cornyn, who was scheduled to speak at the event, has also canceled an appearance. However, his reps state an “unexpected change” in his schedule as the cause.