1:53pm PT by Seth Abramovitch
Fan Bounced From Kenny Chesney Show...For Looking Too Much Like Kenny Chesney
Tennessee native Nathan Blankenship paid $200 for a ticket to see his country music idol, Kenny Chesney, play Nashville's LP Field on Saturday night. But Blankenship was tossed out by event security -- for looking too much like the singer he had come to see.
A school teacher by day, Blankenship acknowledges to local ABC affiliate WKRN that he is often mistaken for Chesney. The confusion isn't helped much by the fact that Blankenship dresses like Chesney -- a sleeveless t-shirt, the singer's trademark cowboy hat slung low over his eyes -- when he attends Chesney shows.
Usually, Blankenship says, he stops and agrees to pose for photographs with fans who may or may not know they're in the presence of a Chesney imposter. But at Saturday's concert, Blankenship tells WKRN, a security guard approached him and demanded to see his ticket.
"I just thought he was going to lead me back to my seat," Blankenship says, "which I would have been fine with -- but he grabs me by the arm and starts pulling me up the walkway to the very top [of the venue]. ... He just said that [I was] purposely trying to impersonate a celebrity so we're kicking you out."
This was not a spur-of-the-moment encounter. Metro Nashville police were tipped off to Blankenship's presence ahead of Saturday's concert, according to an LP Field spokesman, who says that other country stars had complained that Blankenship had been capitalizing on his Chesney resemblance at their shows, just to feel the thrill of being a country rock star.
Early Monday morning, Nathan directed his Twitter followers to "watch channel 2 @10 for my side of story. I hope they do me justice. I should change my twitter to @notkennychesney."
A representative for the Messina Group, Chesney's label, pledges to reach out to Chesney directly to resolve the matter.
"We never want our fans to leave disappointed and we are reaching out to him to make this situation right," Kate McMahon, the label's vice president of marketing, says.