Luke Combs stops concert to reward young fans at show

BANGOR, Maine — Country star Luke Combs stopped his concert in Bangor, Maine, on Friday night after seeing a sign from young fans in the audience that caught his attention.

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A sign in the audience read, “We made 100 bucks stacking 5 cords of wood, bought 2 Luke Combs tickets, man he sounds good. Our dads swore it was a waste of time, oh but they were wrong! Today’s my 12th birthday oh Lord when it rains it pours!” and caught Comb’s attention, as visible in videos posted from the show.

The sign was made by Bo Fenderson, the birthday boy, and his friend Tanner Hale, WCSH reported. The two had gotten permission to see the show, but were told by their families that they had to foot the bill.

“The concert was brought up and it was an immediate ‘yes,’” Bo’s mom, Desiree, told WABI. “But, the tickets were pricey. … I think it was a great lesson for both of them, and for all of them.”

Video posted to social media shows Combs reading the sign and then approaching the boys and sitting on the side of the stage. There, he pulls $140 from his wallet and hands it to the children, while also signing the hats on their heads.

“I was surprised that he took the time away from his concert to sign all our stuff,” Tanner told WCSH.

Combs invited the boys backstage after the show and met with them as well. Photos posted to social media show the boys with the singer.

“For him to take time to acknowledge and truthfully reinforce something we try to instill in our children that hard work pays off is truly amazing,” Justine Hale, Tanner’s mother, told WCSH.

Bo told the station that the experience made the 10 hours of work more than worth it.

“The two most important things in life are hard work and kindness,” Bo told WCSH.

Combs also performed in Bangor on Saturday night, but refunded all concertgoers to the show when his voice fell short and he said he felt he was unable to give a full performance, CNN reported.