Lightning has officially struck twice for 2009 and 2010 Downtown Hoedown artist and chart topper [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Justin Moore[/lastfm] in Detroit. The last time the Country star headlined a show at the Royal Oak Music Theatre (March 2010), his prized Gibson J-45 guitar was stolen by an enthusiastic fan. Yesterday, as Moore traveled to Royal Oak, MI, his tour bus caught fire.
[pullquote quote="In all seriousness, we're thankful that we're all safe, and feel blessed. It could've been a lot worse than it was." credit="Justin Moore"]Read the story about WYCD’s Dr. Don recovering Justin Moore‘s guitar and see the apology from the culprit!
As the story continues. . .Around 4 a.m. yesterday (February 16th) the tour bus engine became engulfed in flames while Moore, his band and crew, as well as Valory‘s VP of Field Promotion George Briner slept. Moore and his team were en route to perform at WYCD’s Ten Man Jam last night at Royal Oak Music Theatre.
The fire started from one of the batteries connecting to the bus’ generator. The smoke alarm sounded as the bus started to fill with smoke. Everyone evacuated the bus while Moore’s bus driver extinguished the fire and assessed the situation. In all, the fire lasted approximately 10 minutes.
“Well…we really love coming to the Detroit area. I just hope in the future it gets a little more simple, as far as our trips go!” laughs Moore. “In all seriousness, we’re thankful that we’re all safe, and feel blessed. It could’ve been a lot worse than it was.”
After a half hour of standing outside in the freezing cold everyone was allowed to re-enter the bus. Fortunately, there was no damage to the engine and they were able to continue driving the bus to their hotel. No one was harmed and the bus only sustained minor smoke damage.
A replacement tour bus was sent to the Detroit area so that Justin can continue on his club tour this week:
Thursday, Feb. 17th — The Machine Shop — Flint, MI
Friday, Feb. 18th — Screamin’ Willies — Columbus, OH
Saturday, Feb. 19th — Madison Theater – Covington, KY
Speaking of scorching hot, Moore‘s new single, “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away,” is already a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart. The single, which showcases a softer side of the Country rebel, is also receiving early national critical attention, including being highlighted in today’s The Miami Herald.
“If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away” is the lead single from Moore’s sophomore album which will be released on The Valory Music Co. label later this year.
The Valory Music Co. contributed to this story.