Luke Bryan Performs through Broken Collarbone: “Show Is a Go”

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Bryan performing with his arm in a sling (photo from www.tmz.com)

You gotta hand it to the guy — Luke Bryan is tough.

He recently played a concert despite breaking his collarbone in a bicycle accident.

So far, his Farm Tour, where he plays shows at different middle-of-nowhere farms, has not gone well. First, Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti, destroying homes and ruining lives, only to move toward Florida. This caused Bryan to cancel his opening tour date in Gaston, South Carolina, on October 5.

And now, on his second tour date for this goodwill tour, he performed with a broken clavicle, determined not to cancel another show. He announced the injury on Twitter: “Broken clavicle. All good. Show is a go. I’ll just have my arm in a sling.”

After his collarbone snapped, Bryan snapped a photo of his X-ray with just the caption, “Yep.” 

During his show at Maple Lane Farms in Greenback, Tennessee, he explained in more detail what happened.

“I had a little mishap today, Tennessee,” he told the crowd. “I was riding a bike and I broke my damn collarbone. Not good. I got me a souvenir Blount Memorial Hospital bracelet.

“You know what the best thing for a broken bone is? Whiskey. Ain’t that right? Or some East Tennessee moonshine.”

The Farm Tour will keep on keepin’ on. Here are the rest of the Farm Tour dates:

Oct. 7 – Elizabethtown, Ky. @ Highland Farms

Oct. 8 – Monroeville, Ind. @ Spangler Farms

Oct. 12 – Batesville, Miss. @ FT Farms

Oct. 13 – Prairie Grove, Ark. @ Ogden Ranch

Oct. 14 – Centralia, Mo. @ Stowers Farm

Oct. 15 – Effingham, Ill. @ Mid America Motorworks

A broken bone is nothing to Luke Bryan

The country music performer has gone through a lot more than just a little broken bone. He’s experienced real tragedy.

Both of his siblings died at a young age: his brother, Chris, died in a car accident and his sister, Kelly, died from unknown causes.

After Kelly passed away, he adopted her son, who didn’t have a father. 

“So now I went from having two boys in the house to having a 13-year-old boy in the house,” Bryan tells ABC, “which is a whole ‘nother set of learning that you have to do.”

No matter what difficult time he encounters, he knows who is foundation is.

“You can lean on friends and family through it,” Bryan told ABC News. “And you can get back life.”

He had more to say about these losses: “If me telling my story moves people down a positive path of hope and getting up out of the bed and getting back going, then, you know, it’s certainly worth telling.”

So, whether it’s as fixable as a broken collarbone or as detrimental as a lost sibling, Bryan says, “Show is a go.”

“We feel like if we just stay positive through this,” he went on, “maybe we’ll be a positive inspiration for people that had these things happen to ’em. You just have to plow on and play the hand that’s dealt.”

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