an honest review. Saturday's show was in Albany NY and was sold out! The
prior shows had Thomas Rhett as an opener, who I think is pretty terrific.
I was excited to see Lee Brice opening this show since he is coming off a
few big singles and I had only seen him once prior in a small venue.
Lee Brice played for about 20mintes and the crowd ate it up. He sounded pretty good on songs “A Woman Like You” and “Hard to Love” smiling and interacting with the crowd. But he still has not won me over.
He has a strong voice but I feel as if he’s overdoing it, punching me with the words or delivering them over dramatically instead of delivering them to me naturally. And boy does he have the facial
expressions…..perhaps he’ll grow on me….worked with Miranda Lambert.
Now Dierks and the guys’ set, as always, was too
short. But I don’t feel like he was rushed. The songs flowed nicely
and he seemed to be enjoying himself the entire time. Many ladies
undergarments were thrown on stage to which he commented that “this was the most pieces of underwear thrown on stage ever”. My favorite parts of
the show though is when Up On The Ridge is played
and also, the nice acoustic blue grassified, everyone in front of the catwalk
“Settle for A Slowdown”. The guys are talented and I think this really shines
through when they go bare bones: voices and instruments...that’s it. The set
stayed pretty much the same except for a few new pics of the band
during the segment where he introduced them via video screen. The
lighting and video screens are not overused, but as I have said before, Dierks does not need them.
He and the band, to me, are perfect as is. I loved hearing “I Hold On” (a song he wrote
after his father passed...if you want to know who Dierks is, listen to
the lyrics)again and closing with “Home”, the flag behind them. And
this time he not only gave away one guitar, but a second to an
adorable little boy in the front….this is one of the reasons we love him so much. The set list did not
change from previous shows. However, DB would come out with ML twice before,
once for the finale of “Bad Angel” and another for “It’s A Long Way To The Top”.
The latter song was taken out of the show and in its place Miranda sang “Do
Right Woman”….why this change had to take place is beyond me. Another thing
that bothers me is if this is a true co-headlining tour why doesn’t Dierks
have an encore? ML comes out to sing “White Liar” and “Do
Right…”….why can’t Dierks, with 10 #1 hits, come out and sing an
encore or two? I would even take an encore where the two of them come out together and sing 3 songs. They are friends and their voices go very well together…seems logical to me.
Miranda’s set was the same as before except for the aforementioned extra song. I can do without her rendition of “Mississippi Queen” and the song “Dead Flowers”. I would like to see “Nobody’s Fool” as a replacement for one of those. She just did not seem all that into it on Saturday. I wouldn’t say she
phoned it in, but she did not jump around as much or interact with
the audience as I have seen at other shows. The finale though, was like a big party. Both
bands were on stage, Angaleena Pressley from Pistol Annies came out as well and Lee Brice. “Bad Angel” it was with a little misstep for the third verse (who was singing Angaleena
or Lee?) with ML suddenly having some pep, laughing
and trying to balance a cup on her head. This is the type of fun atmosphere I
would pay to see every night.
Then after final bows, unless it was my
poor lip reading skills, I tell you Lee motioned to DB to walk off stage with
ML and he would follow. Well, it sure looked like Dierks said "no come with
us", as he put his arm around Lee and they all walked off together.
Gotta love this guy. Cannot wait til