Lee Greenwood in Concert Dispute

Lee Greenwood, who canceled a concert for firefighters and veterans this past weekend in Denver because of a payment dispute, is hoping that fans will not blame him for the incident.

Best known for his anthem “God Bless the USA,” Lee was scheduled as the headliner for a Sept. 15 concert in Denver to honor veterans, police and firefighters. But the concert organizer, Fred Young, only came up with $14,000 of Greenwood’s $20,000 fee, according to Jerry Bentley, Lee’s manager. Young disputes that claim, saying that he had $18,000 in cash plus a $2,000 check from the Knights of Columbus. Lee canceled his performance, which Young called a “disgraceful” act. Lee countered that by noting that he has performed several tours for the military at no charge, but that this concert was booked as a paid appearance. “I feel bad for the audience,” Lee told The Associated Press. “I’d say they shouldn’t be angry at me, they should be angry at the man who put on the show.”

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