Monday, June 25, 2012

Fan Ousted From Kenny Chesney Concert for Looking Like Kenny Chesney [Oh, the Humility]

Posted By on Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 2:53 PM

From the Department of Should Be an Onion Headline: Nathan Blankenship, of Bellevue, must have totally thought he was gonna get laid at Saturday’s Brothers of the Sun Tour stop at LP Field. His chances really weren't bad. Not only did the strapping, be-cowboy-hatted Blankenship drop somewhere in the neighborhood of $200 for a single floor seat (and on a school teacher’s salary to boot, literally) he happens to bear an uncanny resemblance to tour headliner Kenny Chesney.

WKRN reports, this not only went unnoticed to Blankenship’s fellow concertgoers, who mistook him for the “Beer in Mexico” singer, it caught the attention of stadium security, who, during opener Tim McGraw’s set, unceremoniously ejected the “Feel Like a Rock Star” doppelganger from the show for “trying to impersonate a celebrity” and causing a disturbance. Perhaps the laws of The Universe decree that if Chesney and Blankenship were to make eye contact, their heads would simultaneously explode.

"I can't help with the way I look,” Blankenship told WKRN, insisting that his perceived impersonation of Chesney was wholly unintentional — that like Lady Gaga, he was born this way.

In a cruel twist of fate, concert security brought to fruition the very disturbance they were trying to avoid in ousting the Chesney-faced fan. "I think the way they handled it made it seem worse, like they were really escorting Kenny Chesney through the crowd," Blankenship said.

Following media reports of the unfortunate (fucking hilarious) incident, Chesney’s PR flak fired off a response distancing the “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem” singer and his camp from the faux pas:

Being made aware through the media that fan Nathan Blankenship was removed from the 'Brothers of the Sun' Tour show in Nashville on Saturday night, the promoter of the show is contacting Blankenship to resolve the matter. No one in Chesney's management or promoter camp was aware that this fan had been escorted from the show until after it had been reported by the media.

Concert promoter Kate McMahon, vice president of marketing for The Messina Group, added, "We never want our fans to leave disappointed and we are reaching out to him to make this situation right."

Hmm, I’m going to remember that little mission statement the next time I leave a show disappointed, which happens more often than I think is acceptable. Fuckin’ lazy musicians.

Anyway, if the same security personnel from Nashville's Brothers of the Sun stop is planning on policing the upcoming Sept. 4 KISS concert at Bridgestone Arena, they’re in for a long night.

Bellevue’s Nathan Blankenship, this note’s for you:

… And so is this note:

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