The 1975 No Longer Doing Meet and Greets in America
Madi, Mollie and I may have been some of the last American gals who got the chance to meet The 1975 before a show, as frontman Matt Healy said, 'I'm not doing it anymore in America.'
The three of us got pretty lucky to meet the band we love back in May at Red Rocks. They were beyond charming in person, and put on an amazing set.
But, just over a month later in June during an interview with Fun 107.1, Healy said that he will not meet with American fans 'until something changes' -- as in, our gun-control problem. The band made that call following the recent deadly shooting of singer Christina Grimmie, though he expressed he is doubtful that anything will actually change.
In the interview, he seemed hesitant to criticize our nation (as a Brit) but, as a 'fellow earthling,' he stated that America struggles with 'institutionalized racism and guns,' and then gets a little political.
'When a young pop star goes outside and gets shot... is it a legitimate fear of mine to be scared of that? I think it is.'
The 1975 is, of course, thinking of their safety. But, at the same time the band is clearly making a statement to our country. We're now the place where people are scared of what might happen to them, even at a concert.
Check out the full interview segment:
I couldn't find any follow up to see if the band has, in fact, nixed all fan meetings since this, but what do you think about Matt Healy's choice to reject meet and greets; is it bold and progressive or is it selfish and depriving to their fans? Do you think they will eventually change their mind? Tell us your thoughts!