Hank Williams Jr. is undisputedly one of the faces of “outlaw country” – and not just for his music.
The outspoken legend has never been shy about speaking his mind, and doesn’t really care who he offends. (Remember when his song was pulled from Monday Night Football over his comments on then-President Obama?)
I mean, when you’re not only the son of one of the greatest country singers of all time, but also the legend behind songs like “Family Tradition,” “Country Boy Can Survive,” “Whiskey Bent And Hell Bound”…yeah, you’ve earned the right to not give a f*ck what you say. And it’s a right that Hank exercises quite a bit…especially when he’s had a few drinks of Jim Beam.
This infamous concert, from the Sandstone Amphitheater in Bonner Springs, Kansas (just outside of Kansas City) in 1992, is the perfect example. Hank’s clearly had a few too many as he slurs his way through “Family Tradition,” and in the middle of the song he goes off-script and inexplicably starts taking shots at Garth Brooks, who by that point had become one of the biggest names in country music.
Hank mocks Garth to the crowd:
“Oh Hank Jr. I’d just love to suck your d*ck.”
And he then responds as himself:
“I bet you would asshole.”
Later in the show, he began cursing at the crowd before launching into “Country Boy Can Survive.”
“If you don’t like me, you can kiss my f*ckin’ ass, baby. Stick it up your godd*mn f*cking ass sweetheart.”
The final song of the concert, it sounded more like he was singing in Pig Latin than English, and Hank was eventually escorted from the stage by Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Thomas.
But the crowd at the time weren’t all amused by his antics. It was reported that some threw cups at the legend as he left the stage after only 20 minutes, and many demanded refunds for the…bizarre show.
30 years later, the incident just remains yet another chapter in the legendary career of Hank Williams Jr.