Maybe resembling a superstar isn't all it's cracked up to be after all.
Kenny Chesney fan and apparent look-alike Nate Blankenship found that out the hard way when he showed up at a Chesney show at Nashville's LP Field and ended up being escorted out by security who claimed that his resemblance to the country singer was creating a disturbance.
No shoes, no shirts, no problems. But kicked out of a concert for looking like the main attraction?!
Well, it turns out Chesney's camp had no idea such a thing had happened until Blankenship made the local news—and they are very sorry.
"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," read a statement from Chesney's record label to E! News.
"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.
Added promoter Kate McMahon: "We never want our fans to leave disappointed and we are reaching out to him to make this situation right."
For starters, Blankenship will be refunded the $200 he spent on his ticket. But though being booted from a Chesney concert was a first for him, being mistaken for the hitmaker was not.
"Here or there somebody asked to take a picture to make their friends or family think they were with Kenny or whatever, that's fine," the Bellevue, Tenn., school teacher told Nashville's ABC 2 News. "I don't mind. I can't help with the way I look."
And he insisted he's no impersonator.
"I would like to thank my family, friends and the many well wishers who have supported me in the past 24 hours, which has probably been the most hectic day of my life," Blankenship said in a statement yesterday after hearing that Chesney's label wanted to make amends.
"I heard from Sony Music and the concert promoters, and they have told they will be refunding the money I paid for my ticket to the concert. In addition, Sony has said they will be sending me several CDs, which I appreciate. I would like to clear up one possible misconception. I am not now, nor have I ever been a Kenny Chesney impersonator and contrary to several reports, I do not sign autographs, pretend to be him for financial gain, or follow him around from concert to concert."
—Additional reporting by Linda Kim and Holly Passalaqua