Jason Aldean Plays Glen Helen Amphitheatre [Setlist]

September 23, 2018
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For the survivors of the Route 91 Harvest Festival, healing has come in many different steps and forms, from returning to Las Vegas to retrace their steps, or to visit the Healing Garden. It's come by way of reunions and in baby steps, as concert-goers attend their first shows since that tragic night.

And many survivors collectively took a step together Saturday night (September 22nd), as they gathered for a Jason Aldean concert at Glen Helen Amphitheatre. 

They could be identified by the Route 91 signs on the tailgaters' canopies in the parking lot, and by the t-shirts that said, "58 Empty Barstools," and "Country Strong."

The 2018 CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee took the stage and sang a solid almost half-dozen songs non-stop before pausing to address the audience, particularly the Route 91 family. "I promise we will, in fact, finish the show tonight," and promised to "pick up where we left off," and as he began to play the opening notes of "When She Says Baby," it send cheers through the crowd. 

He played a wide selection of his hits, from his debut single "Amarillo Sky" (co-written by John Rich of Big & Rich), to his latest hit, "You Make It Easy," and his current single, "Girl Like You." He described "Rearview Town" as not only being the title track from his latest album, but also his favorite song from the collection.

He teased the crowd by suggesting that he'd asked Miranda Lambert if she'd be in town to sing "Drowns the Whiskey" with him ("But she wasn't!"), and the devastating sadness of "The Truth" provided balance to his party anthems, like the Colt Ford - Brantley Gilbert penned "Dirt Road Anthem."

He chose to forego an encore in favor of not stopping the show, which he closed with another song written by Brantley Gilbert, "My Kinda Party," followed by "She's Country," "Burnin' It Down," and "Crazy Town."

Middle act Luke Combs offered a set that was humble and gracious and strongly rooted in traditional country, cementing his position as a future superstar. He noted that "Honky Tonk Highway" was his explanation of what his two and a half years of relentless touring have been like, in the style of Brooks & Dunn, and a further nod to '90s country, played a medley of the Eagles' "Take It Easy" (also covered by Travis Tritt), Toby Keith's "Should've Been a Cowboy," and Alan Jackson's "Chasin' That Neon Rainbow."

'90s country also influenced Lauren Alaina's set, mostly notably her new single, "Ladies of the 90s," which gave a nod to Deana Carter's "Strawberry Wine," Britney Spears' "Baby One More Time," and Christina Aguilera's "Genie in a Bottle," among others. "I grew up listening to Whitney, Britney, Shania, the Dixie Chicks, Trisha Yearwood, and Reba," Lauren said. "They're some of my favorite women in the world."

She name-checked Luke Combs and Jason Aldean in her opening number "Georgia Peaches," and as is her habit, brought a guy on-stage to join her for "Next Boyfriend," and sharp K-Froggers recognized Mid-Day Host Kyle as her choice for this show. She wrapped up her set with "Road Less Traveled," describing it as being about "not caring what the mean people on Facebook say about you. And the mean people on Facebook gave me my first #1 hit!" she added confidently.

In between acts, Dee Jay Silver never let the party slow down, spinning an energetic mix of country, classic rock, and pop hits. 

As the crowd filed out at the end of the concert, one could feel a certain reverence, perhaps not absolution (which may not ever fully come), but rather, a sense of closure, that something once started, had finally been finished. 

Setlist:

Jason Aldean:

1. Gettin' Warmed Up

2. Take a Little Ride

3. They Don't Know

4. A Little More Summertime

5. Any Ol' Barstool

6. When She Says Baby

7. Tattoos on This Town

8. Night Train

9. Amarillo Sky

10. The Truth

11. Drowns the Whiskey

12. Johnny Cash

13. Fly Over States

14. Lights Come On

15. Rearview Town

16. You Make It Easy

17. Big Green Tractor

18. Girl Like You

19. Hicktown

20. Dirt Road Anthem

21. My Kinda Party

22. She's Country

23. Burnin' It Down

24. Crazy Town

Luke Combs

1. Beer Never Broke My Heart

2. Honky Tonk Highway

3. One Number Away

4. Don't Tempt Me With a Good Time

5. Beautiful Crazy

6. Take It Easy / Should've Been a Cowboy / Chasin' That Neon Rainbow (Eagles / Toby Keith / Alan Jackson covers)

7. She Got the Best of Me

8. When It Rains It Pours

9. Hurricane

Lauren Alaina

1. Georgia Peaches / Paradise City (Guns N Roses cover)

2. Next Boyfriend

3. Ladies of the 90s

4. What Ifs

5. Road Less Traveled

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