On Wednesday night (Nov. 30) Luke Bryan joined Charlie Daniels onstage in Nashville to perform the classic Daniels hit The Devil Went Down To Georgia for a packed house at his 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam.
Stars at the event included 3 Doors Down, Travis Tritt, Larry the Cable Guy, Kid Rock, Chris Stapleton, Bryan and Daniels, and packed the Bridgestone Arena in Music City with more than 15,000 fans. Together they raised $245,000 for Daniels’ non-profit Journey Home Project, an organization helps U.S. military veterans from a number of different angles.
“Obviously, being a kid from Georgia, I was wondering, ‘Why’d the devil come down here?’” he recalls. “It kinda scared me as a kid, a little bit!” Luke said, recalling the song as a favorite of his before the event began. Luke ran through his usual hits, closing out with Move during which he got into a physical altercation with a fan. During the song Luke climbed down to the front row and slapped a man who was making obscene hand gestures and rude comments, disturbing the people around him. When questioned about the nature of the altercation a representative from Luke’s team offered this statement.
“A man in the front row was making crude hand gestures toward Luke during his performance. It was insulting not only to him, but more importantly to the men, women and families sitting around him who were there to support and celebrate Charlie Daniels and the efforts of raising money for the military veterans — some of whom were in the audience. The concert security personnel saw the man’s disruptive actions of the event and he was escorted out.”
So all in all an interesting night for the singer! He got to perform with one of his child hood heroes and open palm smack a rude person in the face.
If you’d like to see the duet, check out the video below.