Posted by: Amy | February 7, 2011

February 3 – Jason Aldean, My Kinda Party Tour, Macon Centreplex, Macon, GA

When it was announced that Eric Church would be joining Jason Aldean for the first leg of Jason’s My Kinda Party tour, I knew that I had to see a show! I was even more excited when I found out that they would be playing a show in Jason’s hometown of Macon, GA. I was at last year’s show in Macon and it was a really special night. Eric and Jason are two of my favorite artists and I knew that we would be in for another spectacular show, especially since two days prior to the show, the ACM announced that Jason was nominated for Top Male Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year!

Jason’s star has been steadily rising since the release of “She’s Country” in the fall of 2008 and the Wide Open album which followed in April, 2009. His career skyrocketed last year with the launch of the highly successful Wide Open tour and a string of radio hits. He closed the year as one of the genre’s top selling artists. His latest album My Kinda Party has already been certified platinum less than three months after its release. At no time is Jason’s success more evident than when his concert tickets go on sale. I’ve been spoiled by having pit tickets for the majority of his shows. Tickets for the Macon show were in such high demand that we never even had an option to buy pit tickets. As a long-time fan, I am so excited that Jason has reached the level where he appeals to a broad fan base, but I (selfishly) missed being the pit. My friend Rachel and I were able to get really good lower-level seats near the side of the stage, so it wasn’t so bad. My friend Christy and her children also had tickets, which happened to be right behind ours. It was fun to be able to hang with everyone and chat between sets.

The JaneDear Girls were up first. The new duo consists of Susie Brown and Danelle Leverett and they just released their debut album, which was produced by John Rich. The girls are clearly very talented musicians who play multiple instruments. Their vocals are also quite pleasing. With that being said, I’m still on the fence about them, although I do think that their first single “Wildflower” is catchy. Being the opening act on Jason Aldean’s tour will definitely allow them to introduce their brand of music to large audiences every night. And, they’re nominated for the ACM’s Top New Vocal Duo or Group.

Danelle Leverett

Susie Brown

JaneDear Girls’ Set List

  • Shotgun Girl
  • Pat Benatar’s Hit Me with Your Best Shot
  • Merry Go Round
  • Devil Went Down to Georgia (instrumental)
  • Wildflower

Even before Eric Church took the stage, the excitement and anticipation of his performance was killing me. He always plays such high energy shows! All of the anticipation and hype was well-justified. As usual, he did not disappoint. From the first note of his set, he was on fire and giving the audience everything he had. He was rewarded with screams and with fans singing along to most of his songs, including some of tunes that haven’t been released as singles. During “These Boots” lots of audience members held up a boot, as has become tradition at his shows. He walked down the catwalk and high-fived some of the fans holding up boots before selecting one to hold up as he sang the song’s second verse. When he finished the verse, he walked back to the catwalk and autographed the boot before returning it to its owner. When he played “Love Your Love the Most,” I think everyone in the arena was singing along and by the time that he got to his current single, “Smoke a Little Smoke,” everyone was on their feet. The crowd was as loud as I’ve probably ever heard a crowd prior to the main act taking the stage. Eric and his talented band absolutely blew the roof off of the place. He has the stage presence of a headlining act and I’m hoping that with the release of his third album, he’ll be catapulted to the next level. His hard work and dedication to his career are finally starting to pay off! While I wouldn’t consider him a new artist, he has been nominated for the ACM’s Top New Vocalist award. I am so excited that he has gotten this bit of recognition from his peers in the music industry! Now it’s time for me to see another full EC show because when he’s the opening act, he has to cut out too many of my favorite songs!

Eric Church’s Set List

  • Before She Does
  • How ‘Bout You
  • Hell on the Heart
  • Sinners Like Me
  • Ain’t Killed Me Yet
  • Guys Like Me
  • These Boots
  • Love Your Love the Most
  • Carolina
  • Lotta Boot Left to Fill
  • Smoke a Little Smoke

When the house lights went down prior to Jason’s arrival on stage, his hometown crowd erupted. It’s not often that a town can claim a music superstar as its own and it’s evident that Jason is so proud of where he grew up. Jason’s band opened the show with “Tattoos on This Town,” and Jason was revealed in silhouette behind a white curtain. Things got even louder when the curtain dropped and Jason began singing the song. The song was especially fitting to open the show because it’s a song about all of the memories made growing up. For the new tour, Jason has revamped the set list and changed the performance order of the songs. He’s included several more songs from the new album while retaining every single from his career thus far. During “Tattoos” Rachel nudged me and pointed out the huge new tattoo that Jason has on the inside of his left forearm. I was surprised to see it because I had seen pictures of him from opening weekend and he didn’t have it then. After inquiring on Twitter, I learned that he had gotten it some time between the first and second weekends of the tour. The Macon show kicked off the third weekend of the tour, so the tattoo is still pretty fresh. It’s a Celtic cross with a star in the center and his daughters’ names circling the star. I tried several times to get a picture of it, but we were far away and he was moving so much that I couldn’t get a clear shot. However, near the end of the show, I did get a picture, but I didn’t realize it until I started uploading my pictures.

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Midway through the show, Jason took a moment to reminisce about his time in Macon and about the shows that he had seen at the Centreplex. He also thanked everyone for their support and expressed his excitement about his ACM nominations. It was clear that he really appreciates all of the recognition, which is nice to see, especially since he has been ignored by the industry award shows for the bulk of his career. For “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” Kelly Clarkson appears on the large video screen at the back of the stage. I love that the song showcases Jason’s strong vocals and the duet sounds even better live than it does on the record. Prior to singing “Dirt Road Anthem,” Jason mentioned that Colt Ford was in attendance, but he did not join Jason on stage to perform the song that he co-wrote. The latter portion of the show was full of energy as Jason played his rockin’ uptempo hits, including “Johnny Cash” and “Hicktown.” After “Hicktown” Jason left the stage only to return a minute later for the encore. Instead of trying to top last year’s outrageous encore performance of Kid Rock’s “Cowboy,” Jason opted for Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive” which is a slower song, but again gives him an opportunity to show off his full vocal talents. He closed the show with “She’s Country” which had everyone rockin’ out and wishing that the show didn’t have to end. Sadly, it did have to end and Jason and his lively band took a bow before leaving the stage.

I love this one! I wish it weren’t blurry.

Jason Aldean’s Set List

  • Tattoos on This Town
  • Amarillo Sky
  • Big Green Tractor
  • Why
  • The Truth
  • Crazy Town
  • See You When I See You
  • Don’t You Wanna Stay
  • Heaven
  • My Kinda Party
  • Dirt Road Anthem
  • Laughed Until We Cried
  • Johnny Cash
  • Relentless
  • Hicktown

Encore

  • Bon Jovi’s Wanted Dead or Alive
  • She’s Country

At the end of every show, I think that this was the best show yet and that it can’t possibly be topped. Yet somehow Jason and the guys seems to get better with each show. The Macon show was the only show on the schedule that worked out for me both geographically and schedule-wise, but I’m hoping that some more dates will be added or that I can plan some fun road trips. Eric Church and Jason Aldean are the PERFECT combination for a tour and I’m so glad that both of these guys are getting the recognition that they deserve!

See all of the pictures here.

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Responses

  1. It was great to see Jason back home, here in Macon! I do believe his concerts get better each year!

  2. Nice pics! I have pit tickets for an upcoming show of his…what should I expect? I’ve been to 10 of his shows & this is the closer I’ve ever gotten! Kinda excited!!!! 🙂


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