Most touring acts don’t perform outdoor shows in Utah in October. Saturday night, Luke Bryan found out why.
“It’s cold as h---!” Bryan shouted from the Usana Amphitheater stage after finishing his opening number. “When I saw the snow on the mountain, I thought, awe s---.”
Despite chilly temperatures, amplified by autumn winds, Bryan soldiered on. Lining the stage, adoring fans threw up hand warmers, gloves and a hat to help keep the country music star warm. The remaining 20,000 fans danced and sang along to stay warm. One of the final engagements of the $35 million grossing Huntin', Fishin' and Lovin' Every Day Tour, openers Granger Smith and Brett Eldredge enjoyed the benefit of a sun warmed stage before Bryan took the reins.
Bryan demonstrated his impressive vocal talent, staying in tune and on pitch, as he effortlessly sang his hits and some covers. On several songs, he played the guitar and it wasn’t until he sat down at the piano did anyone realize, including Bryan, that his fingers had gone stiff, making it hard to play. No one seemed to mind though.
The night’s highlight came when the "Crash Your Party" singer paused to acknowledge the Las Vegas tragedy, the shooting at the Route 91 country concert. Standing at the catwalk edge, Bryan spoke to the large #VegasStrong banner held up in Utah’s crowd.
"I salute those who came out tonight by continuing to live your life without evil," he said. Bryan then asked for a moment of silence for lives we lost. Following the tribute, Bryan thanked the first responders, then the military, teachers, doctors, and nurses.
The night before, Bryan sat in an American Idol judge’s chair alongside fellow hitmakers Lionel Richie and Katy Perry. Demonstrated by his performance on the Utah stage, Idol contestants are in good hands with Bryan. He clearly understands and delivers the nuance of what fans love about a song. No matter the weather or the stage Luke Bryan shows us why he's an dominant force in country music.
Salt Lake City Setlist
That's my Kind of Night
Kick the Dust up
Rain is a Good Thing
This is How we Roll
Huntin', Fishin' Lovin' Everyday
Crash Your Party
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
Light it up
Drunk on You
All my Friends Say
Play it Again
Mountain Music (Alabama Cover) w/ Granger Smith & Brett Eldredge
Sweet Caroline (Neil Diamond Cover) w/ Granger Smith & Brett Eldredge
Strip it Down
Drink a Beer
I Don't Want This Night to End
Country Girl (Shake it For me)