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Luke Combs repays young concertgoers who stacked firewood to afford tickets

Sept. 6, 2022 Updated Tue., Sept. 6, 2022 at 8:38 p.m.

Luke Combs performs during the third day of CMA Fest at Nissan Stadium on June 11 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Jason Kempin/Getty Images North America/TNS)
Luke Combs performs during the third day of CMA Fest at Nissan Stadium on June 11 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Jason Kempin/Getty Images North America/TNS)
By Christi Carras Los Angeles Times

Luke Combs celebrated Labor Day weekend by doling out refunds left and right to concertgoers.

On Friday, the country artist shared a heartwarming moment onstage with a couple of young fans who stacked firewood in order to afford tickets to his show at the Savings Amphitheater in Bangor, Maine. Combs spoke to the children in the crowd after spotting their sign, which said they piled five cords of lumber to pay for the concert and that one of them had just turned 12.

After asking the kids how much they paid for their tickets, which cost $100 apiece, Combs reached into his pocket and pulled out $140.

“Pay yourselves back this much, and I’ll get you some more,” Combs said while handing them the cash. “I’ll finish paying you back.”

The “When It Rains It Pours” hit-maker also promised to get the youngsters “a bunch of shirts and stuff” in addition to personally greeting them after the show. Before moving on to his next song, he gave each of them a fist-bump and an autograph.

Combs’ generosity continued into his second Bangor show Saturday night. Video footage from that concert shows the Grammy-nominated musician apologizing to attendees and vowing to refund their money because he was experiencing vocal issues.

“A few hours ago, I realized that I was not gonna be able to sing as good as I normally do,” Combs explained to the audience, adding that his voice was not the caliber it “should be for you guys having to pay for it.”

“We’re gonna put on the best free show we can put on,” the “Beautiful Crazy” singer continued.

“I want you guys to know how upset I am to have to tell you that tonight. But all I want you to know is that we’re gonna do the very damn best we can. I’m gonna give you everything I have. I’m so sorry.”

That same evening, pop musician the Weeknd abruptly ended his concert at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, and vowed to refund attendees after losing his voice just three songs into his set.

“I’m going to make sure everyone is good, you’ll get your money back,” he told the crowd. “I’ll do a show real soon for you guys.”

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