Luke Bryan Explains What Really Happened When Shirtless Man Joined Him On Stage In Florida: ‘He Was Pretty Funny’

Luke Bryan is setting the record straight about a viral video circulating around social media from his recent concert in…


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November 8, 2022


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Luke Bryan is setting the record straight about a viral video circulating around social media from his recent concert in Tampa, Florida. 

During a conversation with Taste of Country Nights, the 2022 CMA Awards co-host revealed that the moment “was not planned out,” however, the fan was invited to join him on stage during his performance of “That’s My Kind Of Night.”

Some concertgoers shared a video of the now viral moment and said that the fans just “hopped” on stage to join Luke, but that’s not exactly how it went down. 

Bryan revealed that he saw the fan in the crowd dancing and asked him to come show off his dance moves alongside him on stage. 

“The guy was down there dancing, and I told him to get up on stage,” Bryan explained. “The security did not see me tell him to get up on stage, and I cleared it with one security guard and he gets up and the other one — they were about to roll that guy.”

“I diffused the situation and he was pretty funny,” Bryan added.

The final night of the Raise Up Right Tour also found Bryan shaking his hips in celebration of the Georgia Bulldogs’ win over the Tenneesee Volunteers. Earlier in the day, Bryan served as the ESPN “College GameDay” picker.


@lukebryan brought that Georgia heat to Florida this past weekend #godawgs #lukebryan #lukebryanconcert

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Following the show, Luke Bryan took to social media to reflect on his 2022 tour.

“Last show of the #RaisedUpRightTour. I love my tour family,” Bryan wrote. ”Thank you to @rileyduckman and @m10penny for being such great opening acts. @chaycebeckhammusic it was great having you out this last week. You did great. See y’all on the road next year.”

Luke Bryan is set to co-host the 56th Annual CMA Awards alongside NFL icon Peyton Manning later this week on Wednesday, November 9. This marks Manning’s first time hosting “Country Music’s Biggest Night,” and Bryan’s second.

Bryan will take a break from his co-hosting duties during the coveted awards show ceremony to perform his current single, “Country On.” The three-hour show will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena from 8:00-11:00 PM/EST on ABC.

Luke Bryan, Peyton Manning; Photo Courtesy ABC, CMA
Luke Bryan, Peyton Manning; Photo Courtesy ABC, CMA

Earlier this month, the Georgia native shared a brand-new song called “Prayin’ In A Deer Stand.”

Co-written by Bryan alongside Nicolle Galyon and Jimmy Robbins, “Prayin’ In A Deer Stand” finds the Georgia native reflecting on life and his faith while hunting.

“I do my prayin’ in a deer stand / On my back forty church / Thinkin’ about life on a cold sunrise / Yeah, that’s my heaven on earth / Me and God in a cornfield / Gotta think He understands / I might miss a Sunday from time to time / But I get there when I can / We’re all good in these woods / ‘Cause here I am, prayin’ in a deer stand,” Bryan sings in the chorus of the tender ballad.

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“This is such a personal song to me,” Bryan shared of the tune. “The world can be a busy place and I, like a lot of people, have a ton of different things going on but getting to be outside, it grounds and reenergizes me. There is just something about it that never gets old.”

Prayin’ In A Deer Stand” follows the release of his current radio single “Country On.”

The five-time Entertainer of The Year also announced the return of his annual concert vacation, Crash My Playa, which will take place January 19-22, 2023, in Riviera Cancun, Mexico at the AAA Four Diamond awarded resort, Moon Palace Cancún.

The “Country On” singer revealed that he will headline two of the four nights and announced that Chris Stapleton and Cole Swindell, will also take the stage for a headlining concert.

“Oh my gosh this line up! Some dear friends and new friends but regardless, what an amazing treat for the fans,” Bryan shared in a press release. “Everybody rest up and get ready for these four beachside hangs.”

Dustin Lynch will make his return to host and perform during a very special pool party.

Ashley McBryde, Brian Kelley, Carly Pearce, Chase Rice, Dylan Scott and DJ Rock were also announced to perform on the private stretch of white sand beaches at the annual event.

Additional artists will be announced for the event in the coming weeks.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.