Grammy-nominated rock band Needtobreathe lit up Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena last Friday (Oct. 29) on their “Into The Mystery” headlining tour.
Showcasing songs from their newest studio album, Into The Mystery, and treasured throwbacks, the five-piece band got the 12,000-person crowd on their feet and jumping along as they exploded onto the stage with their high-energy performance of “Alive.” They followed it with their equally as electric “Great Night,” which seemed like a promise of sorts to the crowd, signaling that they all were, in fact, going to “have a great night.”
Frontman Bear Rinehart welcomed fans, saying: “I know y’all thought we were gonna be rusty, but you’ve got another thing coming! I brought my banjo tonight!”
Breaking out into one of their biggest hits, “The Outsiders,” the crowd roared along to the banjo and harmonica-infused tune–one of many times that the arena came to life.
Dabbling in sounds of rock, bluegrass, and country with songs full of faith and hopeful lyrics, Needtobreathe also took the crowd to church with hard-hitting songs of praise like “Washed By The Water,” “What I’m Here For,” “Who Am I,” and “Mercy’s Shore.”
The band also gave moving, acoustic performances of some of their well-known hits and fan-favorites like “Multiplied,” “Forever On Your Side,” and “Banks.”
“There was a time about a year and a half ago where we thought we maybe we would never get to do this again,” Rinehart shared from center stage. “It’s an absolute privilege to have y’all here tonight… This is kind of a big deal because this is our biggest headlining show ever.”
Throughout the nearly 30-song setlist, the band delivered a handful of guitar riffs, harmonica solos, and infectious jam sessions that demonstrated their musical prowess and bluegrass roots. Along the way, they also shared covers of The Rolling Stones’ “Honky Tonk Women” and wrapped up the main part of their set with “When The Levee Breaks” by Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe McCoy.
During the group’s five-song encore, they saved their biggest songs for last, including the Platinum-certified “Brother,” which was released in 2015 on their Rivers in the Wasteland album; broke into Billboard’s Hot 100, Adult Top 40, Christian Songs, Christian AC, and Hot Rock & Alternative Songs charts; and earned the top spot on Billboard‘s Christian Airplay chart. The acoustic rendition was joined by a booming choir of fans singing along to every word.
Needtobreathe also surprised fans by bringing out 7x Grammy award-winning vocalist Carrie Underwood to sing their duet, “I Wanna Remember,” garnering a wave of cheers from the crowd.
The band finished on a high note with “West Texas Wind,” and then traveled on to wrap their “Into The Mystery Tour” at Georgia’s Ameris Bank Amphitheater on Saturday night (Oct. 30).
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