Video captured during country star Luke Bryan's performance at the Charlie Daniels 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam in Nashville Wednesday shows an audience member in the front row clearly giving Bryan the finger.
Bryan wasn't about to let the insult slide.
As Bryan sang "Move," gyrating his hips to the delight of nearby fans, the audience member flipping him the bird even stood up, apparently attempting to hammer his point home. Bryan was heard interrupting his singing to invite the heckler for more: "C'mon!" he's heard saying as he bent down toward his adversary.
The guy obliged, bellying up to the edge of the stage — and then Bryan issued a hammer of his own, apparently slapping the heckler before moving back toward the middle of the stage. What appears to be a security guard was then seen confronting the audience member in question.
Bryan's team issued this statement about the altercation, Rolling Stone said:
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 who were in the audience. The concert security personnel saw the man's disruptive actions of the event and he was escorted out.
Charlie Daniels' Volunteer Jam also featured performances by Chris Stapleton, Kid Rock, Travis Tritt and Three Doors Down, Rolling Stone noted, adding that a portion of the show's receipts go to Daniels' Journey Home Project, which benefits U.S. veterans.
Neither Bryan nor Daniels seemed particularly preoccupied with the earlier dust-up, as Bryan joined Daniels at the end of the evening for a rendition of the fiddle player's iconic tune, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," Rolling Stone added.