Rowdy country crowd keeps Pepsi Center shaking
Country star Jason Aldean brought his kinda party to a sold out crowd at the Pepsi Center in Denver Friday night. Chris Young and Thompson Square kicked off a night of rowdy, boot stompin', beer sloshin' concert fun.
Thompson Square (a married duo) shared their harmonies and fun-loving, playful style off to the crowd, singing their hits "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not" and "I've Got You." Chris Young displayed his country boy rock with his seductive "Takin' You Home," and the wholesome hit "Voices," touting advice from ma, pa and Grandad about making it through life. His "aw-shucks" appeal coincided with his genuine smile and energy as he performed.
With vigor and a rockstar stance, Jason Aldean opened the show with his latest hit "Tattoos on This Town." While trying to keep it simple rocking a Kenny Rogers vintage t-shirt, Aldean powered through hit after hit while the screen behind him illustrated his songs with whatever was appropriate, which was usually tractors, farms and country girls kickin' up their boots.
His songs about love ("Don't You Wanna Stay," with a video of Kelly Clarkson singing with him), country life ("Amarillo Sky") and partying ("My Kinda Party") resonated clearly with the redneck crowd. We're sure no one walked out of the Pepsi Center without having a little bit of beer spilled on them.
One thing we really missed: A fiddle. We never heard (or saw) one, which was obviously missing from the songs. He made up for it (a little) by playing the Bon Jovi cover of "Dead or Alive." Still, he rocked a loud crowd and should off just why he's nominated for Entertainer of the Year for the American Country Awards in December.
We walked away sure of a couple things: It doesn't get more country than when they play PBR (bull riding, not the beer) videos, and every man is sexier under a cowboy hat. —Taylor Coughlin, Metromix