Thomas Rhett closed out his Very Hot Summer Tour with a sold-out show on an ironically chilly night at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena Saturday night (Oct. 12). The CMA Male Vocalist of the Year nominee showed his earned road-chops with a high energy show, with plenty of moments of intimacy and charisma.
Rhett kicked off the show with his most recent No. 1, “Look What God Gave Her,” after leaping onto center stage to thunderous applause. He quickly transitioned into his 2015 hit “Crash and Burn,” complete with horns and pyrotechnics.
Using the full length of the arena, Thomas Rhett traveled from the main stage to the smaller stage on opposite sides of the floor often. Running from one end to the next, he connected with every fan in the arena.
After a few more back-to-back hits, he brought out Little Big Town for their collaboration “Don’t Threaten Me With a Good Time.” The country supergroup was but the first special guest of the evening.
“Can I take you back to 2012?” Thomas Rhett exclaimed with a grin as he went into “It Goes Like This.”
“Thank you for selling out Bridgestone Arena tonight, this is freaking incredible. This is a very full-circle moment for me because I was born in Georgia but I grew up in Hendersonville, Tennessee. I grew up on a street in Hendersonville called Center Point Road. I grew up going to shows in this arena, and in all the years I’ve been on tour, I’ve never gotten to play a headlining show in Bridgestone Arena,” he said.
Building on the full-circle moment, he played his tender “Remember You Young.” He and his wife Lauren celebrated their 7th anniversary with the Bridgestone show. When their children Willa Gray and Ada James were featured on the big screens, it elicited almost as loud of a cheer from the crowd as Thomas Rhett did himself.
More screams ensued when Rhett brought HARDY out for their “Nothin’ Out Here” tune. Rhett introduced HARDY as one of the best songwriters in Nashville.
When it came time for the auto-biographical “Life Changes,” Rhett brought out the horns again. He then traveled to the smaller stage for a stripped down selection of music, playing a song from his 2019 Center Point Road album called “That Old Truck,” as well as a new song he had just written for his daughters called “To The Guys Who Date My Girls.”
While he was out at the small stage, Rhett invited Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard to perform FGL’s hit “Round Here,” that Rhett co-wrote.
Thomas Rhett picked it back up and invited openers Rhett Akins, Russell Dickerson and Dustin Lynch back to the stage to perform “Beer Can’t Fix.” Akins, Dickerson and Lynch wore Nashville Predators jerseys and drenched themselves in beer for the performance. They also took the time to sing happy birthday to Rhett Akins, who would turn 50 at the stroke of midnight.
Rhett exhibited his exceptional vocal pipes by sounding great on slower tunes like “Marry Me,” after a high-energy “Vacation.” When he played his multi-Platinum hit “Die A Happy Man,” Rhett brought out his saxophone player for a brief moment, leaving the audience wanting more.
During “Unforgettable,” Rhett helped a couple in the audience do their gender reveal. The lucky couple is having a girl, so Rhett warned the father about future dates.
Rhett closed his set with his 2016 hit “T-Shirt,” and left fans covered in confetti and wildly cheering.
Before Rhett came on, Lynch got the crowd warmed up with his radio hits and million-watt smile. “I can’t believe this is real, man,” he said. “I’m playing Bridgestone Arena!”
Lynch played his hits “Seein’ Red,” “Mind Reader” and “Where It’s At,” as well as his breakout hit, “Cowboys and Angels.” He also played a selection of songs that he felt told his story from his first love of country music, to his entrance into the format. He started with his inspiration with Alan Jackson’s “Chattahoochee,” transitioned into Tim McGraw’s “Something Like That,” then Dierks Bentley’s “What Was I Thinkin’,” and then finally Keith Urban’s “Somebody Like You,” saying Urban was the first artist to take him on tour.
Lynch closed his set with his multi-week No. 1 “Small Town Boy.”
Dickerson offered a high-energy set full of dancing, and songs like his “Every Little Thing,” “MGNO,” and No. 1 hit “Blue Tacoma.” He also played his chart-topper “Yours,” with the whole crowd singing the words back.
Rhett Akins opened the show with some of the 30 No. 1 songs he’s written, as well as his 1995 hit, “That Ain’t My Truck.”
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