Nathan Blankenship, a Nashville, Tenn., man, was kicked out of Kenny Chesney’s Saturday night concert in the Nashville for looking too much like Kenny Chesney. But he says the resemblance is not something he can control.
“I can’t help the way I look,” Nathan Blankenship told ABC affiliate WKRN-TV in Nashville.
Blankenship was dressed similar to the Chesney look, as he was wearing a sleeveless shirt and straw cowboy hat. He says it is not uncommon that people say he resembles the country superstar. Security at the concert venue, LP Field, claims Blankenship was causing a disturbance among fans who thought they were seeing Chesney in the audience. Security personnel escorted Blankenship out of the stadium as a result.
“I think the way they handled it made it seem worse, like they were really escorting Kenny Chesney through the crowd,” he said.
It seems as if this may not have been the first incident of its kind for Blankenship. An official at LP Field says Metro Nashville police knew about Blankenship’s looking like Chesney before the concert began. Country stars at previous Nashville concerts have apparently spotted Blankenship in the crowd and thought he was causing a similar disturbance.
Blankenship is also upset about having to give up his $200 concert ticket to the show.
Being made aware through the media that Blankenship was removed from the concert, 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 The Messina Group said, "We never want our fans to leave disappointed and we are reaching out to him to make this situation right."