DUSTIN LYNCH HIT BY FLYING BEER CAN, GETS STITCHES
Niceville, Florida turned out to not be so nice for Dustin Lynch. On Friday (October 17th), the singer was on stage performing at the city's MulletFest when a concergoer hurled a full can of beer at the singer, hitting him in the face. People.com reports Dustin was in the middle of singing Garth Brooks' "Friends in Low Places" when the incident happened.
He said, "I was walking down the catwalk and just wham, out of nowhere this beer can just nailed me in the face. It was a completely full can and it felt like a baseball had hit me."
The bloodied singer continued performing until the end of the show saying, "The crowd was insanely loud and supportive and that's why I wanted to finish my show (despite the bleeding). I didn't want to get off the stage until I had to."
Dustin didn't see exactly who threw the beer can, but fans reportedly began pointing to the person and a small fight broke out. Unfortunately, the offender was not caught.
Dustin wrapped his set and headed to the emergency room where doctors stitched him up.
He concluded, "The moral of the story is don't throw beer cans, period. It's not cool. This guy caused an incident that almost ruined a great night."
LITTLE BIG TOWN JOIN GRAND OLE OPRY FAMILY
Little Big Town members Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman and Jimi Westbrook were formally inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on Friday (October 17th) by Opry members Little Jimmy Dickens and Vince Gill. The group were invited to join the Opry on October 3rd by Opry member and friend Reba McEntire. The night marked a major milestone for the group whose first-ever public performance together was on the Opry in 1999.
Little Big Town opened their set with a performance of their hit "Bring it On Home," relating back to their Opry debut. On that night, the members recalled, they had been accompanied by only a borrowed guitar. After the group’s performance of the hit "Boondocks," Jimmy and Vince took the stage along with Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher to present the group with its Opry Member Award.
Vince said, "The word ‘family’ really means something out here. It really does . . . You’ll be so be blessed by the friends you’ll make out here, and they’ll last your entire life. Welcome to the family, and remember to come here as often as you can."
After the group shared its thanks to the Opry, family members, friends, and others who’d helped make its Opry dream come true, the members invited Vince to join them on their final song of the night, the Kris Kristofferson classic "Why Me." Vince said, "Welcome them home!" while the cheering audience gave the group a standing ovation.
Backstage before the induction, Little Big Town told reporters what it means to be members of the Grand Ole Opry. (Phillip) "My first feeling is it just feels like a family, and I feel like we’re being welcomed into a small family. It’s not like everyone’s invited as members of the Opry. It’s a small group of people, and it’s such an honor. I have such good warm feelings when I think about coming to play the Opry. It feels like home. It’s like family when you come here. It’s heartwarming. (Jimi) It is. There’s nothing like walking these halls through here. From the very first time we ever came in here, it’s magical. You walk through and see all those pictures and the history and the tradition. (Karen) We feel a responsibility for that, to keep it going. (Jimi) It means something. It really does. (Karen) And to preserve that reverence. I think it’s serious, you know? And we feel a great responsibility to carry on the tradition. It feels super serious in the most amazing way, you know?" .
BLAKE SHELTON PROUDLY DISPLAYS GIFT FROM BARBRA STREISAND
Blake Shelton got a special gift from Barbra Streisand after dueting with her on her latest project, Partners. He told Taste of Country that it's the best gift he's ever received, saying, "She sent me a piece of crystal that was like, ‘Thank you, Love Barbra.’ I pushed all my awards away and put that in the middle. It was so cool, like, ‘See, she knows me. I knew it.’"
Blake still doesn't know how he ended up on an album with the legendary singer. He said, "It’s still shocking to me. I don’t know how it came down. I don’t know how she knows about me, but I’m just glad. I’m just going with it!"
Blake did have one disappointment with doing the project -- he didn't get to actually record with Barbra. He said, "Ironically enough, she had already done her vocal part and I was really disappointed because when I went to the studio, she wasn’t there. I was like, ‘Oh, man. I still get to be on her record with her and that’s bada–.’ "
Blake returns to The Voice battles tonight (Monday, October 20th). The show airs on NBC at 8 p.m. ET.
ERIC CHURCH'S 'TALLADEGA' TITLE IS MISLEADING
Eric Church is climbing the country charts with his latest single, "Talladega," which is from his CMA-nominated album, The Outsiders. While the song makes reference to the famed NASCAR track, Eric tells us it isn’t about car racing, per se. "When you see the (title of) the song, you think it’s about racing, but it’s not. It’s about guys having an experience built around a town. When I hear the song in my head, I see that. I can envision that movie is playing in my head when I hear that song." and Single and Song of the Year for "Give Me Back My Hometown," which he wrote with Luke Laird, who is also the co-writer on "Talladega". The 48th Annual CMA Awards will be broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena November 5th at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Garth Brooks might still be heading to Ireland on his current World Tour with Trisha Yearwood. The singer is reportedly mulling over the opportunity in 2015. Sources tell Billboard that Garth will head to Europe and Australia next summer.
Of course, Garth had intended to kick off his tour with five dates at Dublin's Croke Park, but that fell through.
Billboard says that if Garth's U.S. tickets sales records are any indication, the superstar could be poised to beat U2's all-time tour attendance record of 7.3 million and their highest gross mark of $750 million set on their 360 tour which ran from 2009 to 2011.
Stateside, Garth has added three shows to his run in Greensboro, North Carolina, bringing the total number of shows to five. Those shows begin on November 19th and run through the 23rd.
BITS AND PIECES: DAN + SHAY
Dan + Shay's debut single, "19 You + Me," has been certified gold for sales in excess of 500,000 units. The duo were awarded a plaque commemorating the achievement right before their sold-out show in Nashville last week.