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Luke Combs fans got a concert experience they will never forget on Saturday (September 3). The concert that took place at Maine Savings Amphitheater in Bangor, Maine, was the second of two sold-out shows at the venue, and marked the first weekend of Combs’ Middle of Somewhere Tour.
Combs took the stage after opening acts Mitchell Tenpenny and Morgan Wade and informed the crowd that he had refunded all of their tickets. He went on to explain that he was having vocal issues and wanted to give the crowd what they paid for. So he refunded the cost of every single ticket then continued to play “the best free show” he could, despite his voice not being 100%.
“Before we even start playing this show, I have to let you know that I have refunded all of your tickets. As of 7:00 PM, today, a few hours ago, I realized that I’m not going to be able to sing as good as I normally do,” Luke Combs told the crowd. “[My voice is not] what I think it should be for you guys having to pay for it. So, we’re going to put on the best free show we could put on and I want you guys to know how upset I am to have to tell you that tonight, but all I want you to know is that we’re going to do the very damn best. I’m going to give you everything that I have. I am so sorry, so sorry.”
Fans attending the concert captured footage of Combs getting emotional as he spoke to the crowd.
Social media erupted with support for the singer. “Class act,” “true patriot” and “kindest human” are just a few of the phrases used to describe Luke Combs.
Luke is the kindness human❤️ thank you for still putting on a FREE show even though you were not feeling 100%. This has been the best weekend! @lukecombs pic.twitter.com/my3tHQfmD4
— abigail (@prncessabigail) September 4, 2022
.@LukeCombs is a class act!
Before his show in Bangor, Maine tonight, he said: “I have to let you know that I have refunded all of your tickets. As of 7:00 pm, I realized my voice isn’t up to par. I am not canceling this show, but please help me out with singing.”
— Joshua Claussen (@StormyClaussen) September 4, 2022
Luke Combs is the most kindhearted and genuine performer I have seen ?
— Emily (@epIourde) September 5, 2022
Country Now reports that Combs addressed his vocal issues again later in the concert and thanked fans for supporting his career and acknowledged the expense that goes along with attending a concert.
“I want you guys to know how much it means to me that you spend your hard-earned money to be here and that you get babysitters and hotel rooms and pay for gas,” Combs said. ”I know it’s not just a concert ticket, I know it’s more than that and I know that it’s hard to pay for s*** right now. Everything is so expensive, man, life is so crazy right now.”
He added, “The fact that you would spend your money to come here, it made me sick sitting on my bus knowing that I couldn’t give you what you deserve tonight because I care man. This is what I love to do! The song ‘Doin’ This’ is not a gimmick, this is what I love to do. And that’s what you guys deserve is everything that I have. So, like I said before, I want you to know that I’m going to refund all your tickets.”
Luke Combs‘ selfless gesture came one night after he acknowledged two young fans in the crowd who had worked stacking firewood to earn money for concert tickets. Combs’ saw the boys holding a sign that read, “We made $100 bucks stacking 5 cords of wood, bought two Luke Combs tickets… man, he sounds good. Our dads swore it was a waste of time but they were wrong. Today’s my 12th birthday, oh Lord when it rains it pours.”
Combs stopped his concert and called the boys to the side of the stage where he pulled $140 cash out of his pocket and gave it to them before signing their hats. The singer promised the boys that he would spend some time with them after the concert and give them some merch as well as repay them the rest of the cost of their concert tickets.
Watch the touching moment unfold in the video below.
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