Jason Aldean, the country megastar, closed out PNC Music Pavilion’s 2016 country music season – an 11-show series featuring some of the globe’s hottest country artists such as Dierks Bentley, Dixie Chicks and Zac Brown Band – with a bit more rock than his counterparts in the past.
Aldean’s Six-String Circus Tour opened with A Thousand Horses and Thomas Rhett – although based on the audience’s fandom displayed on their white t-shirts, Rhett could’ve co-headlined. The Nashville native set the mood early in the night with a country-pop style evidenced in songs like “Anthem” and “Crash And Burn.”
By the time Aldean took the stage, the Pavilion filled in to a near sold-out level. The rain held off and the temperature settled in the mid-70s, creating the perfect atmosphere for a country show. Fans huddled together in the pit and under the overhand while those in the lawn relaxed, sitting on blankets and folding chairs. The Grammy-nominated artist opened with “Just Gettin’ Started” – a fitting way to begin the night. “Gonna Know We Were Here” and “Take A Little Ride” followed.
The Pavilion cheered and roared while Aldean kept the interruptions short, allowing for a 21-song set.
I’m not going to do a lot of talking. I think you came here to watch some rodeo and hear some singing.
As the night rolled on, Aldean’s iconic sound that’s allowed him to spend that past decade at the top of the charts took over. The superstar has always said he loves country music, but he equally loves rock music. He unveiled that loved combination with “Lights Come On” – a song built for live shows. Even the lyrics echoed the truth.
Here’s a little something to thank y’all for showing up. Aldean and the boys about to blow it up.
That’s exactly what Aldean and the boys did, more or less. The Six-String Circus Tour is just what any concert-goer would’ve asked for (despite the absence of a few big hits in “The Truth” and “Don’t You Wanna Stay” – Kelly Clarkson didn’t make a guest appearance), a lot of music and minimal distractions. If you didn’t attend the final show of the country music season, chances are your friends did and they too can vouch for its greatness.