Reba McEntire Once Crawled off a Stage Because Her Pants Were Too Tight to Get Up

Without argument, Reba McEntire is a certified country superstar. Of course, she wasn’t just born with instant fame, though. She worked her way from the family ranch in Oklahoma to the big stages and lights of stardom. And she didn’t do it all without overcoming a few embarrassing performance mishaps, like ripped pants and other wardrobe issues.

Reba McEntire speaks onstage at Celebrity Fight Night XXIV on March 10, 2018
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Reba McEntire performed with her boots on the wrong feet

In McEntire’s autobiography, Reba: My Story, she recalled a time when she was performing a quick costume change and her eyes weren’t adjusted to dim lighting. So, someone handed her boots and she put them on the wrong feet in the darkness.

By the time the star of the show realized what happened, it was too late to change anything. So, she said she performed two songs with her boots on the wrong feet. And this came around the same time she started adding choreography to her concerts!

Reba McEntire’s pants ripped and she ‘shuffled off the stage on hands and feet’

As McEntire’s career was accelerating, her ex-husband, Narvel Blackstock, got a “fever to make [the live] show more theatrical” according to her autobiography.

He had an idea to turn off all the stage lights following her last number before the encore song. The plan was for everyone to exit the stage in the darkness and for “moody-blue” lights to then come back up to illuminate McEntire for her performance of Patsy Cline’s “Sweet Dreams.” As a kind of related side note, one of McEntire’s other performances of that song is on YouTube.

The first time they tried the stage trick, the lights went down and McEntire “started to shuffle offstage in the darkness.” She ended up walking into a monitor speaker and “fell right over the top of it.”

The singer hit her stomach and her shins, and she ripped her satin pants in the process. She crawled over the speaker and her microphone dropped and hit the floor “with a thud” in the process.

After all that, McEntire shared she said a “little curse” and hoped no one heard. “My new pants were so tight that I couldn’t get up, so I had to shuffle off the stage on my hands and feet,” she concluded. She eventually found a stool and used it to help pull herself up.

Impressively, she was still able to land the encore.

Reba McEntire’s dry ice fog trick went wrong

Reba McEntire performs on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jay Leno' on December 1, 1992 Reba McEntire performs on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jay Leno' on December 1, 1992
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In another embarrassing incident, McEntire recalled a time when a fog trick went sideways. To make a long story short, someone was handling dry ice and didn’t know they were supposed to wear gloves. So, they burned their hands and dropped the ice into a bucket of water.

The idea was, if executed properly, the fog would travel through hoses to the stage where McEntire was performing. It didn’t happen that way because the bucket needed a lid on it for it work. The lid wasn’t placed because the handler was fumbling around with the ice and could no longer see for the fog.

“The fog started billowing out of the room onto the stage,” McEntire wrote in her autobiography. After she saw what was happening, she said she and her band were “so tickled” they couldn’t finish their song. Though she explained to the audience what happened, she said “they didn’t catch [their] humor.”

But it’s unlikely McEntire has trouble getting audiences to “catch” her humor anymore.

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