(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — The Nashville, Tenn., man who was kicked out of Kenny Chesney’s Saturday night concert in the Music City for looking too much like the country-music singer says the resemblance is out of his control.
“I can’t help the way I look,” Nathan Blankenship told ABC affiliate WKRN-TV in Nashville.
Blankenship was dressed similar to Chesney, wearing a sleeveless shirt and straw cowboy hat, and he says people sometimes say he looks like the star.
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 Blankenship has been through this kind of thing before. An official at LP Field says Metro Nashville police knew about Blankenship’s looking like Chesney, 44, 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. Chesney’s camp released a statement Monday saying it didn’t know about Blankenship’s getting kicked out of the concert until it was reported in the media.
Concert promoter Kate McMahon of the Messina Group says they are reaching out to Blankenship to remedy the situation.
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