Zach Bryan Responds To On-Stage Slip-Up: ‘Please Don’t Hate Me’

Bryan mistakingly shouted out the wrong city during his concert and fans were not happy.


Madeleine O’Connell

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March 13, 2024

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Zach Bryan; Photo by Louis Nice

Zach Bryan expressed guilt and true sorrow after making what he deems to be “the most embarrassing” mistake of his whole career during his March 10 concert in Buffalo, New York. 

What Happened At His Buffalo Show?

The Oklahoma native was only on the third night of his current headline trek, the Quittin’ Time Tour, when he earned a collective roar of boos from the packed-out arena of Buffalo fans. This negative reaction came from Bryan accidentally calling the crowd by the state he was in one night before, Pittsburgh, PA. 

“How’s everyone feeling in Pittsburgh this evening?” he asked confidently.

@oklahomasmokeshow02 We still love you Zach – Pittsburgh ❤️ #zachbryan #concert #quittintimetour #fyp ♬ original sound – AbiTaylor

At first, this line caused the crowd to go silent in a brief moment of confusion, but once they realized his mistake, the fans inside KeyBank Center were not about to let him get away with it. 

Bryan was quick to own up to his wrongdoing, in an attempt to extinguish the anger directed towards him. He also fired off several rounds of apologies, showing that he truly was upset by the fact that he called out the wrong city. 

“Oh, I effed up. Guys, I’m so sorry we were in Pittsburgh last night. I swear to God, I know we are in Buffalo. Damnit….I am so sorry, Buffalo. So sorry!”

Zach Bryan; Photo by Scott Dudelson
Zach Bryan; Photo by Scott Dudelson

Only The Second Time This Has Happened

He then promised that it was only the second time he had ever confused where he was at while on stage, the first being when he previously performed in Detroit. 

“That’s happened to me one other time in my life. I was in Detroit, and I almost got fought by four dudes in a parking lot. Really really apologize, Buffalo. This is a song I wrote called ‘Burn, Burn, Burn,’” he said introducing his next song, before pleading with the crowd, “Please don’t hate me, love you!”

He made his disappoint in himself abundantly clear as he followed up his performance by saying, “I’m seriously so sorry.” 

Addressing The Situation

A few nights later, he made a stop in State College, PA, and once again took a moment to be upfront about his mistake from the previous night. 

“I just want to tell you guys this. We were in Buffalo two nights ago…we were in the middle of our show, and I said Buffalo all night. I come up to the mic…cause we were in Pittsburgh the night before, I go ‘Let’s go Pittsburgh.’ It was the most embarrassing thing that happened to me in my whole life,” he can be heard saying in a recent clip shared by a fan to TikTok. 

@oklahomasmokeshow02 We know you meant well Zach 🥲 #zachbryan #quittintimetour #fyp ♬ original sound – AbiTaylor

While the GRAMMY award winner may not be over what happened in Buffalo, it seems that many of his fans understand the situation, and some even found it comical. 

“I was at the Buffalo show. Honestly one of the funniest things, you could tell he felt so bad,” one user wrote in the comments.

“Such a good dude – genuinely felt bad 🥺” said another.

Where Is Zach Bryan Performing Next?

Zach Bryan launched the Quittin’ Time Tour on March 6-7 in Chicago, IL and will continue his run with back-to-back shows this weekend (March 14-15) in Newark, NJ. He’s scheduled to appear in cities such as Brooklyn, NY, St. Louis, MO, Las Vegas, NV, Atlanta, GA and many more before wrapping things up on December 13-14 in Tulsa, OK.

Throughout this trek, a slew of special guests have been tapped to join him on select dates, including Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Turnpike Troubadours, Sheryl Crow, Sierra Ferrell, The Middle East, Matt Maeson, and Levi Turner. 

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.