Aldean has avoided topics of COVID vaccines and mask mandates after last week lambasting California’s rules on childhood vaccines and defending criticism of the president on his wife’s social media. Good idea: the fans came out for the music.
And during his 95-minute set, Aldean went through most of his big hits: “You Make it Easy,” “Amarillo Sky,” “Burnin’ it Down” and “Big Green Tractor.”
Before launching into his current hit, Aldean told the crowd that he had made good use of the pandemic downtime by learning to play the piano. At the time, he was on stage rolling piano with a hologram of Carrie Underwood for their current hit, “If I Didn’t Love You.”
Aldean said the song will be featured on his new double album which will be released in November and April.
As the night drew to a close, Aldean did the music world a favor after “Dirt Road Anthem” by dispelling the “encores” that many artists consider a mandatory part of their show.
“They come off stage for five minutes, and everyone claps, and they come back like, ‘What, you want us to play more songs?'” Aldean said. “So we keep playing.”
And with that, he roared into what would otherwise have been a three-song encore: “My Kinda Party,” “Hicktown,” and, for the wrapper, “She’s Country.”