Evaluate: Luke Combs led an evening of huge nation at Commonwealth

5 bands kicked off shortly earlier than 6 p.m. to a thrilled viewers of followers who travelled to Edmonton for one among two Canadian stops on Combs’ world tour

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Luke Combs introduced his world tour to Edmonton alongside a hefty lineup of opening acts Saturday night time. The high-energy night at Commonwealth Stadium noticed loads of viewers interplay, a marriage proposal mid-set and three encores from the nation music star. 

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The viewers actually flared up round 9 p.m. as a roadie took to the stage for some last-minute checks. Because the band arrange, video footage of Combs mixed with quick interview clips with household was blasted throughout 5 massive screens flanking the stage. Combs kicked off the headlining set along with his honky-tonk hit, Lovin’ On You, to an viewers fast to their toes. {Couples} may very well be seen swirling and two-stepping all through the tipsy crowd.

The audio at Commonwealth was good, however it was onerous to listen to the performers speak as a result of sheer quantity of the group. The out of doors live performance had a pageant vibe, full with muggy climate and ladies in gauzy attire, and the group was a sea of smiling faces.

The massive stage screens arrange on the south aspect of the sector may very well be seen from any seat within the stadium and projected close-up pictures of the band’s lap metal slide guitar creating the twang so typical of nation music. The understated mild present allowed the main focus to remain on the performers and music.

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Commonwealth Stadium held greater than 56,000 country-music followers who got here to see a full night time of music topped off by Luke Combs. Photograph by Greg Southam /Postmedia

Combs sang about all of the issues anticipated from nation singers: love, chilly beer and a few legendary golden period when issues had been higher. All through the group, mates had been swaying shoulder-to-shoulder and singing together with fists of beer within the air.

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A pair songs into the set, Combs slowed it down with the heart-sick ballad, One Quantity Away. A flurry of exercise within the crowd revealed a mid-show marriage proposal. And Combs finally switched out his trademark trucker cap for an Edmonton Elks cap and the group erupted with approval.

The power of the viewers and efficiency stayed excessive because the solar set on the stadium. The band performed a compilation of nation favourites together with David Lee Murphy’s Mud on the Bottle and Diamond Rio’s Meet within the Center. Combs delivered his lovey hit, Stunning Loopy and a candy cowl of Tracy Chapman’s Quick Automobile, and a pair of fiddles had been featured for the tune, 5 Leaf Clover.

Combs additionally introduced his hits She Bought the Better of Me, Hurricane and 1, 2 Many. At one level, Combs requested the group to have a beer with him and workers arrived on stage, handing out cans of beer to viewers members up entrance so they may shotgun a beer with Combs, who downed his in spectacular time.

The final tune of Combs’ official set was the hard-driving honky-tonk quantity, Beer By no means Broke My Coronary heart. After a quick break, the band returned to the stage to play three encores. A number of of the opening acts joined Combs’ band for a spirited rendition of Model New Man by Brooks & Dunn. For greater than 10 minutes in the course of the prolonged, instrumental outro for the tune, Combs autographed gadgets from the

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Combs’ two-hour set wrapped an extended night of music that began shortly earlier than 6 p.m. with singer-songwriter Brent Cobb adopted by the Americana ensemble Flatland Cavalry, after which bell-bottomed songstress Lainey Wilson. Wilson was contemporary off a stint performing on the favored TV sequence Yellowstone and recording a tune with Dolly Parton. Her new album, Bell Backside Nation, was launched in October.

Wrapping up the opening acts was neo-traditional nation heartthrob, Riley Inexperienced. The singer-songwriter was awarded new male artist of the 12 months in 2019 by the Academy of Nation Music. Individuals within the viewers may very well be seen crying whereas Inexperienced performed his nostalgic hit, I Want Grandpas By no means Died.

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Riley Inexperienced entertains the group at Commonwealth Stadium Saturday night time. Photograph by Greg Southam /Postmedia

With roughly 56,000 followers in attendance, this was the biggest live performance at Commonwealth since Garth Brooks performed the stadium in 2022. The live performance was attended by followers from throughout the nation as Edmonton and Vancouver are the one Canadian stops on Comb’s 2023 world tour.

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Luke Combs with Riley Inexperienced, Lainey Wilson, Flatland Cavalry and Brent Cobb

The place Commonwealth Stadium

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