At a concert on Saturday night at the Nugget Event Center in Reno, Nv., country singer Tim McGraw got up close and personal with some of his fans after they heckled him for forgetting his lyrics.
Captured in footage obtained by TMZ, Tim McGraw, 54, jumped off stage to confront the audience members who booed him, before getting back to the show.
Fans were reportedly wondering what happened when the singer was noticeably flustered during a performance of his hit song “Just to See You Smile.” At the time of its release in 1997, the song sat on the Billboard country chart for 42 consecutive weeks, setting a new record.
Noticing that both his vocals and lyrics were off, fans criticized the singer, who initially just waved them off. After the heckling continued, TMZ reported that he “stuck out his chest” and jumped off stage to get right into the couple’s face. Others in the audience were angered as well, mostly because Tim stopped the show.
The couple Tim confronted were reportedly unharmed but shaken by the incident.
Later in the show, after he got back on stage, he told the crowd that he had been filming the Yellowstone prequel, 1883, for 48 hours straight. He also alluded to the fact that he should be forgiven for any mishaps that occur during the show.
The Paramount+ television film, which is an expansion of the successful Yellowstone series starring Kevin Costner, will also feature Sam Elliott and Tim’s wife, fellow country singer Faith Hill. Tim McGraw is set to play Costner’s ancestor, John Dutton, which he told Rolling Stone was, “truly a dream job.”
“As a kid growing up riding horses, you think about dream jobs like this and I am just so excited to work with this amazing cast and crew,” Tim McGraw said.
The latest 1883 shoot was apparently too close to his gig in Reno however, as it didn’t leave the country singer with enough time to prepare.
Tim McGraw in no stranger to confrontations and fights at concerts, however he’s usually not the one to start. Back in May 2014 in California, a fight between fans broke out during his performance of “Keep on Truckin,” in which Tim stopped the show to address the fans.
“Let me tell you something,” he said. “If you stupid son of a b*****s don’t stop trying to fight…”
As the fans continued, he shouted at them calling them idiots and reminding them that they had children with them. “I don’t care if that’s your girl, there’s a kid right here,” he yelled. “You’re a grown man! Don’t be an idiot and that goes for you, too. Don’t be an idiot. It’s country music, man. We’re having fun. We all paid good money and we all work hard just enjoy yourself.”
The country singer broke up another incident in 2008, when one of his fans got visibly physical with another woman at his show in Auburn, Wash. In this situation, Tim managed to pull the man up on stage with help from his security team, who escorted him off. In a video of the event, Tim can be seen about to sock the guy held by security, but he decided to pull back.
Recently, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill celebrated 25 years of marriage, sharing an Instagram video of how he eventually proposed. Asking her abruptly at a country music show in a trailer park in 1996, Tim McGraw came backstage to find “Yes! I’m gonna be your wife” written in lipstick on his mirror.
“We still have that mirror,” Time McGraw revealed. “And it was the best day of my life, that’s for sure.”