A concert featuring Joe Lopez was canceled on Tuesday by the venue after backlash from the community. The event scheduled for September at Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth received multiple complaints after the Tejano concert was announced earlier this month.
Billy Bob’s Texas made the announcement via social media saying, “The Joe Lopez y Grupo Mazz concert scheduled for September 18, 2021, has been canceled. Billy Bob’s Texas remains committed to the citizens of Fort Worth and will continue to take the feedback and concerns of our community seriously.”
The concerns over the performance deal with Lopez, who is a convicted sex offender that was paroled in March 2018 after he served 12 years of his 20-year prison sentence for multiple sex offenses involving his 13-year-old niece in 2004. The 70-year-old singer has always maintained his innocence and is working towards exoneration.
Lopez made his return to the stage in 2019 with the announcement of his Freedom Tour that began in Houston and the initial performance received criticism from victims’ rights advocates.
Lopez was co-founder of legendary Grupo Mazz with late Tejano icon Jimmy Gonzalez in the 1970s, and was lead vocalist for one of the most popular groups in Tejano music, producing several hits and albums. In 1998, he and Gonzalez split and formed separate bands.
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The song is the lead single from highly-anticipated new album from the legendary group due out May 2023.
The song’s theme was the idea of the Tejano Music Awards winner’s past experiences.
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