Country music superstar Zach Bryan issued a warning for fans — Don’t touch his guitar.
Bryan said he took one interaction “personal” when his beloved instrument was nearly snatched from his hands by an overzealous fan.
Footage captured Bryan, 27, walk through the crowd at Albany’s MVP Arena on May 26, where he held the guitar in front of him before the show’s encore.
An unidentified woman then grabbed Bryan’s guitar and refused to let go for a brief moment as the singer asked his security team to “get her out of here.”
“I give J-45’s out at a lot of concerts,” Bryan said. “The one in my hands when this happened was mine, my sweet ol’ gal, we’ve been everywhere together and written every song in the last few years together. Took it personal, but nothing against whoever wound up getting kicked out.”
The “Something in the Orange” singer often gifts a signed version of the acoustic Gibson J-45 guitar, which roughly costs $3,000, to a random audience member during his concerts.
“I don’t mind people being respectful and trying to touch me or the guitar, but if you try to rip it out of my hands I promise I’ll rip you out of whatever venue we’re at, respectfully, of course,” Bryan added.
Bryan, one of country music’s hottest acts, sold out his “The Burn, Burn, Burn” tour in 30 seconds, which will feature a two-night gig at NYC’s Forest Hills Stadium in June.
“I didn’t care about selling out the tour in thirty seconds, I cared about people getting reasonably priced tickets,” Bryan said in February. “We sold all the tickets in 3 waves to actual fans, we hired teams to limit bots, and we sacrificed a lot of personal things to give real people, real seats. Thank you guys so, so much.”
He made waves in the ticketing world when he called out Ticketmaster’s pricing system last year before releasing a live album titled, “All My Homies Hate Ticketmaster.”
The Oklahoma native vowed to make his current tour prices as “cheap as possible to prove to people tickets don’t have to cost $450 to see a good and honest show.”
Bryan sold his tickets through ticket outlet AXS rather than through Ticketmaster and listed the stubs between $40 and $130.
“Seems there is a massive issue with fair ticket prices to live shows lately. I have met kids at my shows who have paid upwards of four-hundred bucks to be there and I’m done with it,” Bryan said.
“I am so tired of people saying things can’t be done about this massive issue while huge monopolies sit there stealing money from working-class people.”
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