Our last country concert for 2016 was in Knoxville, TN at Thompson Boling Arena on December 10th. We were seeing Chris Young, Dustin Lynch and Cassadee Pope. It was the last stop on the I’m Comin’ Over Tour.
We arrived about 7:00, found our seats and settled in. Our seats were pretty good, on the side. At 7:30 Cassadee Pope took the stage as the first opener with her song “I Wish I Could Break Your Heart”. Next up was “Summer” which she played electric guitar on. This was our first time seeing Cassadee and she sounded great. She was doing a great job getting the crowd into it even though you could tell most of the audience didn’t know her songs. She did parts of some covers that sounded great and really got the audience up and dancing. She did a couple new songs including her new single “Kisses at Airports”. During this song Chris’ crew came up on stage individually and each gave Cassadee a rose or two since it was the last night of the tour. She seemed surprised but she never missed a beat singing. She finished her set with “Wasting All These Tears”.
About 8:10 Bruno Mars “24K Magic” started playing as the lights went down. Soon Dustin Lynch was on stage up on a riser singing “Hell of a Night”. I was excited to see Dustin as I was Chris. Dustin always puts on a good show. “Mind Reader” was next and then “Name On It” which he said he wrote about the Knoxville bar, Cotton Eyed Joe. We got to hear a new song, which I really liked “Small Town Boy Like Me”. He sang “Halo” and then talked about being in the stands at Thompson Boling Arena hearing Eric Church open for Jason Aldean. Another song was on the setlist “Love Me or Leave Me Alone”.
Next up was the song Dustin wrote for his grandparents that kick started his career “Cowboys and Angels”. Following he did a cover of Garth’s “Friends in Low Places” and he did a little bit of “Pour Some Sugar on Me”. His current single “Seein’ Red” and “Where It’s At” wrapped up his set. Dustin put on a helluva show to rival the headliner in my opinion. I tweeted that after that Chris had better bring it. Dustin’s set was great.
Around 9:30 Chris came out on stage through a revolving door type thing. Very cool. His opening song was “Underdogs”. Chris then rolled through all of his singles including “Gettin’ You Home”, “Voices”, “Lonely Eyes”, “Who I Am With You” and he had Cassadee join him back out on stage for their duet “Think of You”, which sounded great.
At this point he did a little “Aw Naw”, “I Can Take it from There”, which he adds a little Conway Twitty’s “Love to Lay You Down”. Chris sounds so good when he sings the bit of it, I wish he’d sing the whole song. Next was “Sober Saturday Night”, which he normally does with one of his heroes, Vince Gill, but tonight he did it alone. Next we got a cover of Z Z Top’s “Sharp Dressed Man”. Next was “You” and then probably my favorite Chris Young song “Tomorrow”.
Chris had a Christmas Album, It Must Be Christmas, released on October 14th so he said that since it was the last stop on the tour he was going to do things a little different and treat us to a couple of Christmas songs. The first was “The Christmas Song”. The next song was “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”. While he was singing it Cassadee, dressed as a reindeer came out on stage along with someone dressed as Santa Claus. The band and crew were wearing santa hats and some had on antlers. You could tell from the look on Chris’ face that was not planned. He was laughing so hard he could barely sing. It was one big Christmas party on stage.
When the party was over Chris’ last song was “I’m Comin’ Over”. He left the stage briefly and it was crazy how many people left. We knew he’d be back out but the arena really cleared out. We’d never seen anything like that. Oh well, they missed a great encore. Chris came back out and did a cover of “Superstition”. Cassadee joined him on stage still dressed as a reindeer and Dustin came back out to help sing dressed as an elf in cowboy boots. It was awesome.
Great show put on by Chris, Dustin and Cassadee for our last show of 2016. Keep checking back towards the end of December for our year end wrap up blog.