They hoisted the flag of the No Shoes Nation Monday. Friday afternoon, there was tell of a few songs played at the Lambda Chi house. By 8:50 Saturday night, the War Eagles were beyond ready for Kenny, who kicked off his 2016 Spread The Love Tour as the first ever concert in the 75-year history of Jordan-Hare Stadium, with a two hour set.
With guitars blazing, a bumper crop of hits and guest appearances from tour mates Miranda Lambert (You and Tequila), Sam Hunt (Come Over) and Old Dominion (Save It For A Rainy Day), Kenny ran through hit songs that span his career. The two dozen songs ignited the crowd, who sang along throughout, often taking an a cappella chorus on songs like Anything But Mine and American Kids.
Sometimes you can feel the energy long before you hit the stage, Kenny explained after the show. Its gathering, and you can sense it. This was one of those shows, one of those times. It was so intense, it was so there, this is the reason we do this: to play music and feel all that energy coming at us.
The show billed as the Music & Miracles Festival was created to honor the last wish of Kevin Brown, who succumbed to cancer. Telling the crowd, Before I came onstage, I got to meet so many great people... This show is because of Kevin: his dream specifically was to see us play in this stadium. And so, War Eagle..., the audience began what became a two-minute chant of War! War! War! Eagle!
With only a piano, Chesney delivered a particularly heartfelt My Homes in Alabama to honor the sentiment behind the event. But for much of the night, it was high impact and higher energy. As the audience pumped their fists to Noise, his propulsive new single, the notion of being together and celebrating the night seemed to be the only thing on everyones mind.
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