Luke Bryan took a moment during his Louisville concert Sunday night (Feb. 18) to pay tribute to a special crew member who lost his life in a motorcycle accident in early February.
Marcus Wade, a 46-year-old crew member, was killed in a single vehicle crash, according to WKRN. Around 3 p.m. on Feb. 9, Marcus was taking a curve when it ran off the road and hit an embankment.
Luke chose his song “Drink a Beer” to dedicate to Marcus that night. The song tells the story of getting the news that a loved one in your life is gone and taking time to let it all sink in by drinking a beer.
“When I got the news today / I didn’t know what to say / So I just hung up the phone / I took a walk to clear my head / This is where the walking lead / Can’t believe you’re really gone / Don’t feel like going home/ So I’m gonna sit right here / On the edge of this pier / Watch the sunset disappear / And drink a beer” the song kicks off.
The audience joined the Georgia native by singing every word as the held their lit cellphones in the air to pay tribute to Luke’s friend. The screen behind Luke displayed an image of Marcus with the words, “LIfetime roadie and Luke Bryan body double since 2014,” as Luke belted out his hit song.
A friend of Marcus’ took to Twitter to share his sentiments about the man gone too soon. Kevin @bigrightfoot writes, “This is Marcus Wade. He was a raging badass and super sweetheart. I just heard of his untimely passing and my heart hurts. I remember his laugh pushing pyro out onto the stage. Hug your friends.”
Let’s do that.