Blake Shelton was forced to cut short his first live performance after severe weather developed near the outdoor venue.
Shelton was performing at Country Jam USA in Eau Claire, Wisc. on Friday (July 24) when lightning began to strike close to the grounds. According to People, Shelton joked about the threatening weather throughout his performance. “Since I came all this way, let’s go until they tell us to stop,” Shelton said. He also admitted he was dealing with some nervous energy during his return to the stage. “I’m nervous tonight and I tend to drink when I get nervous,” he said to the crowd.
Before he had to leave the stage, Shelton tried to get the festival’s cameramen to show off some of the crowd members on the stage’s big screen. “So many hot girls out here tonight,” he commented. When the camera crew couldn’t make it happen, Shelton responded with his usual sharp sense of humor. “Come on, who’s in charge here?” Shelton asked. “This isn’t my week.”
Moments later, he apologized to fans and told them to stay safe as he wrapped up his set. He made a public apology on his Twitter page a short time later, with a photo of the startling weather conditions.
The performance was Shelton’s first since he and Miranda Lambert announced their divorce on July 20. “This is not the future we envisioned,” their representatives said in a statement, according to the Tennessean. “And it is with heavy hearts that we move forward separately. We are real people, with real lives, with real families, friends and colleagues. Therefore, we kindly ask for privacy and compassion concerning this very personal matter.”