I guess you could call it a test of sorts. The first concert in Lucas Oil Stadium gave everyone involved — artists, production crews, stadium personnel, vendors, security and fans — an idea of what a concert in this gigantic venue can look and sound like.
The sound for the opening acts — Brother Trouble, Luke Bryan, Gary Allan and LeAnn Rimes — definitely suffered with the roof of Lucas Oil Stadium closed. The vocal and instrumental talents of these artists were not truly represented during their sets due to the echo effect created by the enclosed environment. Several of the approximate 52,000 people in attendance were overheard voicing their displeasure about this situation.
Luckily, by the time Keith Urban and his band took the stage, the retractable roof of the stadium had been opened, to give the audience a view of the night sky and the opportunity to really enjoy the rest of the evening’s performances.
Urban, one of country music’s most talented guitarist-vocalists, treated the audience to a strong 75-minute set that showcased the Aussie’s innate ability to convey somber, romantic and easy-going feelings to his fans.
The songs “You’ll Think of Me,” “You Look Good in My Shirt” and “Raining on Sunday” highlighted Urban’s performance on this evening, where he once again proved he was more than just a “pretty boy” musician.
Nearly five and a half hours after the first act took the stage, Kenny Chesney made his entrance from behind a curtain positioned at the end of the approximately 100-foot-long runway.
With his extremely talented band — and members of his production crew joining in throughout the evening — Chesney kicked the party atmosphere into high gear with energetic renditions of not only his own hits, but covers of songs that ranged from the Eagles’ “Take It To The Limit” (with help from Urban) and “Take It Easy” to Dobie Gray’s “Drift Away” and David Alan Coe’s “You Don’t Even Call Me By My Name.”
After returning to his own material with “How Forever Feels” and “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy,” Chesney brought everyone involved with his show onstage to close the last night of the tour with a raucous rendition of Edgar Winter’s “Frankenstein”.
Not exactly the song one might think that Chesney would close out the evening and the tour with, but then again, he is one of country music’s monster acts.