Posted by: Amy | February 4, 2010

January 22, Concert Weekend Day 2: Jason Aldean Wide Open Tour – Greenville, SC

After a fun night in Augusta and a good night’s rest, we were ready to continue the concert weekend on Friday. We arrived in Greenville around 4:00 and had some time to wander around downtown before the show. We had a late lunch and then we went back to the Bi-Lo Center to wait for the doors to open. This event was my first experience with paperless tickets, so I was a little nervous that something wouldn’t work right. Because we had general admission pit tickets, it was very important to us to get in as soon as possible. The ticket reader finally recognized our tickets after three swipes of my credit card. We hurried to the floor and claimed our spot near the end of the catwalk.

Love and Theft opened the show. They played a five song set and by the time they were closing their set with “Runaway,” the crowd was singing along. They did a good job of working the stage and displaying their vocal talent. I think that they’ll be a mainstay on the country airwaves in the coming years.

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Love and Theft’s Set List

  • Can’t Go Back
  • If I’m Fallin’
  • Dancing in Circles
  • Wrong Baby Wrong Baby Wrong
  • Runaway

Following Love and Theft’s set and a fairly quick set change, Eric Church and the band took the stage.  Unlike his headlining shows, he didn’t open the show with “Young and Wild,” but instead opted to open with “How ‘Bout You.”  He stuck to more singles and well-known songs and played a total of 10 songs.  Eric had the crowd singing along and hyped up! He closed the set with “Carolina”, which was especially fitting for the Greenville setting. Again, he was sporting the sunglasses. 🙂

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Eric Church’s Set List

  • How ‘Bout You
  • Pledge Allegiance to the Hag
  • Sinners Like Me
  • Hell on the Heart
  • These Boots
  • Before She Does
  • Love Your Love the Most
  • Smoke a Little Smoke
  • Guys Like Me
  • Carolina

By the time that Eric’s set was over, the audience was primed and ready for Jason to take the stage. The Greenville show was the first night of the 2010 leg of the Wide Open Tour and Jason was going to be playing for a sold-out crowd. A huge white curtain shielded Jason’s elaborate stage from our view. Jason’s band started in on the first few bars of “Crazy Town” and the place went wild! The energy in the arena was absolutely electric. Jason appeared in silhouette on the curtain and just as he started singing, the curtain dropped. Once the stage was revealed, we saw a wall of LED screens and a series of raised ramps behind the drum kit. After singing the opening number at the back of the stage on a riser, Jason made his way to the front of the stage. Throughout the night Jason worked the stage with microphones placed in the center of the stage and on each end. After the third song, Jason took some time to thank the crowd for kicking off the tour with a sellout and expressed his excitement at being back out on the road.

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Midway through the set, Jason’s band left the stage and he played “Asphalt Cowboy” acoustically at the end of the catwalk, as he has been doing for a while. He then talked about doing the CMT Crossroads show with Bryan Adams and played stripped down versions of Bryan’s “Heaven” and “Cuts Like a Knife.” Jason rolled through the rest of evening with singles and album cuts. He ended the regular set with high energy performances of “She’s Country” and “Hicktown.” This part of the set included a daring diagonal jump from a monitor on the stage to the catwalk. For an instant, I thought that he was going to crash into the crowd, but Jason showed that he’s extremely coordinated by landing on his feet.

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The crowd cheered and chanted and Jason returned to the stage to sing what he called “the biggest song of [his] career.” He said that he had no idea how many people wanted to “get freaky on a big green tractor!” The crowd roared!! After “Big Green Tractor,” a microphone with a talk box attached was placed at the end of the catwalk. Much to my delight and the overall shock/amazement of the crowd, Jason launched into a very capable version of Kid Rock’s “Cowboy.” I thought that it was a bit out of character for Jason, but it somehow was a very fitting end to the show. Even with his natural inclination toward Georgia slow talking, he nailed all of the fast-paced rapping in the song. It was a perfect way to close out a night filled with three different, but enjoyable styles of country music.

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Jason Aldean’s Set List

  • Crazy Town
  • Wide Open
  • I Break Everything I Touch
  • Amarillo Sky
  • Why
  • The Truth
  • I Use What I Got
  • Asphalt Cowboy
  • Heaven
  • Cuts Like a Knife
  • Johnny Cash
  • Relentless
  • Laughed Until We Cried
  • On My Highway
  • She’s Country
  • Hicktown

Encore

  • Big Green Tractor
  • Cowboy (Kid Rock cover)

Click here to see all pictures from the show.

Were any of you at this show? Is there any song that wasn’t on Jason’s set list that you’d like to see?

I will post pictures and a review of Jason’s hometown show in Macon, GA soon!


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