Update: Luke Bryan’s team has provided a statement about Wednesday night’s incident: “A man in [the] front row was making crude hand gestures toward Luke during his performance. It was insulting not only to him, but more importantly to the men, women and families sitting around him who were there to support and celebrate Charlie Daniels and the efforts of raising money for the military veterans – some of who were in the audience. The concert security personnel saw the man’s disruptive actions of the event and he was escorted out.”
Luke Bryan got a little too up close and personal Wednesday night with a fan while performing at Charlie Daniels’ all-star Volunteer Jam concert in Nashville. Crowd-filmed video seems to catch the country superstar reaching out to slap a man in the face and neck while Bryan was performing his single “Move.”
Immediately prior to the incident, Bryan can be heard beckoning at the audience member, who was apparently heckling the singer, to “come on.” At least two men were taunting Bryan, including one waving a sign, after the altercation, that read “We can see your camel toe” – a jab at Bryan’s famously tight pants. Seemingly fed up, Bryan took matters into his own hands. A security guard can be seen hopping into the crowd following the encounter, while Bryan continued his performance.
A representative for Bryan did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Charlie Daniels’ Volunteer Jam, a concert and charity event first staged in 1974, also featured performances by Chris Stapleton, Kid Rock, Travis Tritt and Three Doors Down. Daniels, celebrating his 80th birthday, closed out the event with his own set and a group jam. A portion of the proceeds will go to Daniels’ Journey Home Project, benefiting U.S. veterans.