Despite A Blizzard, Luke Combs Entertains A Full House At AMSOIL Arena [PHOTOS]
It seemed almost poetic that despite snow wind gusts up to 70 mph that a singer who rose to fame with a song called "Hurricane" packed AMSOIL Arena full of eager fans that made Thursday night's show his first ever sold-out arena concert as a headliner. The weather didn't keep fans from the arena, and Luke Combs and his opening acts didn't disappoint fans who made the trek.
Mississippi native Jameson Rodgers kicked off the evening of country music, opening his set with a beer drinking song called "Cold Case", and included other original songs like "Girls That Smoke", "Missing One", and "Some Girls", while also mixing in some covers from Chris Lane and Florida Georgia Line.
LANCO followed in the middle spot on the night's billing, storming the stage with plenty of vigor and lead singer Brandon Lancaster rarely staying in the same place for more than a couple seconds as he worked the stage. Their part of the party started with a rowdy version of their song "Trouble Maker", featuring an audience call and response.
The Nashville-based group's set also featured their 2016 debut single "Long Live Tonight" and 2019 single "Rival", before which Lancaster paid homage to the UMD Bulldogs by sporting a UMD hockey sweater. Conveniently, the Bulldogs had punched their ticket to the NCAA Men's Hockey Championship just before the concert started, giving fans yet another reason to cheer. The quintet wrapped up their evening on stage with a sing along rendition of their number one hit "Greatest Love Story".
Continuing on his inaugural headlining arena tour, Luke Combs showed he is definitely a star that continues to rise in the music world. His blend of deep and soulful and honkytonk-rowdy kept fans on their feet, and singing along. Midway through his set, he talked about his fast rise in the industry and how the last year has been a wild ride. 2018 brought Luke three top hits in "One Number Away", "She Got The Best Of Me", and "Beautiful Crazy" - which he proudly shared is a 7-week number one hit for him. He also discussed his recent birthday, engagement, and his excitement for playing his first sold-out arena show right here in Duluth.
Beside the aforementioned hits, Luke paid homage to some classics with a medley of Hank Williams Jr.'s "All My Rowdy Friends", Brooks & Dunn's "Rock My World (Little Country Girl)", and The Eagles' "Desperado", which was also made a country music hit by Clint Black. Luke wrapped up the night with his debut single "Hurricane", as well as the namesake song of the tour "Beer Never Broke My Heart" and an encore that included "She Got The Best Of Me" and "Brand New Man", which he recorded with Brooks & Dunn on their recently released "Reboot" album.
Here are some photos from the show: