After a Covid hiatus that left the world with so much loss, country music was back in Saint Louis last night. With the help of special guests HARDY and Lainey Wilson, Jason Aldean sped into town with his “Back in the Saddle Tour.” The Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre was buzzing with energy, excitement, and every cowboy hat this side of the Mississippi river.
The night kicked off with Lainey Wilson, an up-and-coming country queen who pulled the southern belle out of every girl in the crowd with songs like “WWDD” and the #1 song on country radio right now, “Things a Man Oughta Know.”
Up next was HARDY, who never fails to start the party. The crowd erupted from the moment he hit the stage with “Rednecker” and didn’t stop until the lights went down. His set was packed with fan favorite songs like “4×4” and “He Went to Jared” which created the perfect pregame for the night.
By the time Jason Aldean took the stage, the crowd was buzzing. The joy of live music and celebration was evident and the energy encompassed in the amphitheatre truly made it feel like we were all “back in the saddle.” Rockin’ a Creedence Clearwater Revival t-shirt and his Georgia Bulldogs guitar strap, Aldean looked back in his element as well. His set opened up with “Crazy Town” complete with pyro and the energy only climbed as he jumped from hit to hit. The three time ACM awarded “Entertainer of the Year” took the crowd through a full range of emotion with a vast collection of back-to-back hits like “Dirt Road Anthem,” “Big Green Tractor,” “My Kinda Party,” and “She’s Country.”
Ahead of the tour, Aldean had said, “It’s been emotional being back on stage with my band for the first time in a year this weekend. It’s made us all even more ready to get back to life as we all know it. Being on the road makes all of us- the band, the crew, and me- happy and I haven’t felt this excited about going on tour in 15 years.” After experiencing and sharing in Aldean’s raw joy and energy last night, it’s clear that the “Back in the Saddle Tour” is not one to miss. Welcome back, live music. We have all missed you more than we even knew.
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