Sunday, July 14, 2013

Jason Aldean Sells Out Two Nights At Fenway Park

The Boston Globe's Sarah Rodman review is glowing:
It was the first country concert at the park and given that it sold out in minutes, chances are Aldean’s Saturday show, which also sold out lickety split, won’t be the last. (Or at least the contemporary version of it that Aldean plays, which sometimes requires spelunking to find the “country” in some of his songs.) As he did at the Boston Strong benefit concert in May, Aldean came out swinging. As fireworks shot off the top of the stage, he lit into the barn burning “Crazy Town” and for 83 minutes kept up a brisk pace.

The Georgia native led his crackling five-man backing band through a professional, polished, and likable outsized arena country show, full of the big beats and brawny riffs of hits like “Johnny Cash” and “She’s Country” that have vaunted him to stadium status. (Although he promised an “epic” show, he should be careful throwing that word around, especially when a man nearly twice his age played a set more than twice as long at the same venue a few days earlier.)

Banter was generally kept to a minimum in favor of rocking but Aldean did talk about how excited he was to play Fenway since he’s a huge baseball fan who grew up with posters of Wade Boggs and Jim Rice adorning his walls.

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