Thomas Rhett + Dustin Lynch @ Bell Centre – 24th April 2019

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There is something to be said about a performer’s ability to showcase just what is special about live music…especially for the first time to a crowd in a city that is not particularly known for country music shows.  But country music superstar Thomas Rhett personified just that by giving the capacity crowd at the Bell Centre an experience worthy of his stellar status.

To kick off his Canadian leg of his “Life Changes” tour, he brought along hot country star Dustin Lynch who belted out an electrifying set, getting the fans pumped up early on. He was pure fire energy delivering hit after hit from Seein’ Red to Hell of a Night, I’d be Jealous Too, Good Girl, Small Town Boy; all songs the crowd was more than willing to sing back to him.  His ballad Cowboys & Angels which he dedicated to his grandparents segued into a medley of songs from some his favorites; Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, Keith Urban, Dan & Shay. With six number ones under his belt, Lynch knows exactly how to command the stage.

It was time for Rhett to hit the stage and from the moment the lights dimmed and he rose out from below the stage, you could feel the energy in the crowd.  To be honest, I was quite impressed especially since I am not used to hearing a very loud crowd outside of a rock show.  He came out with his latest single “Look What God Gave Her” from his upcoming 4th album entitled Center Point Road.  His interaction with the fans was undeniable from the get-go; playing his chart toppers like Sixteen, Marry Me, Die a Happy Man, Unforgettable, T-shirt to name a few. The stage cleverly designed with a catwalk that extended from the main stage all the way to the back of the arena gave fans the opportunity to get a closer look. Rhett switched it up midway by performing an acoustic set of songs  “That Old Truck”, “Star of the Show” and “Round Here”, a song he wrote for country duo Florida Georgia Line. He stayed at the far end of the catwalk and allowed fans the chance to stand around the stage. Fun highlights of the night included Rhett taking pictures, signing autographs, even grabbing a beer from a fan. All this without missing a beat. Even his band got to strut along the catwalk showing off a few synchronized steps during the set-list. They brought something to the stage and had fun with the fans as could be seen during band intros. Rhett’s intro led him straight behind his own drum kit and showing off his own beat.

There is no doubt that Rhett’s easy-going spirit clearly shows that he was born to be on stage. His well-earned catalog of hits and his solid rise to being one of the most sought after country artists are indisputable.  He asked one relevant question at the end of the night; “ Montreal, how fast can we come back? “ Judging by the roar of the crowd, I have a feeling it will be sooner rather than later.

Set List

Look What God Gave Her
Crash & Burn
Get Me Some of That
Craving You
Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time
It Goes Like This
Remember You Young
Make Me Wanna / Suit & Tie
Life Changes
That Old Truck (Acoustic)
Star of the Show 
Round Here (Acoustic)
Marry Me
Die A Happy Man

Thomas Rhett : Center Point Road drops May 31st

Dustin Lynch:     Ridin’ Roads EP out now

Review – Giosi Tortorici

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