In our first in a series of concert reviews that were witnessed live by Southern Sky, we take a look at Dierks Bentley’s “What The Hell” Tour. Dierks is on tour with opening acts Jon Pardi and Cole Swindell, and the camaraderie and chemistry between these three is unreal.
Jon Pardi is one of the fastest rising country stars today and is a great opening act. Nothing gets the crowd revved up like some “Heartache on the Dance Floor” and “Dirt On My Boots”. After Pardi gets everyone going Swindell comes in and takes control playing hits like “Chillin it” and “Middle of a Memory”. You’ll be pressed to find a better opening duo than these two and they make reappearances later in the show but we’ll come back to that.
As the sun sets and darkness begins to envelop the crowd Dierks Bentley comes on with flashing lights and background screens showing “What The Hell” in huge white letters, as he opens with his new hit “What The He’ll Did I Say”. This throws the crowd into a frenzy and he follows it up with other snazzy hits like “Every Mile A Memory” and “Freedom”. He plays songs old and new from every album.
Towards the middle of his performance he brings up a lucky fan to shotgun a beer with him, which makes the crowd go crazy. Towards the end of the show he brings Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi back on stage to sing a few songs. He then gets a little more somber and talks about the troops before singing “Home”. He finishes up the act with Swindell singing their new smash hit “Flatliner” and the pulls out all the stops bringing out a fake airplane and dresses as a Pilot for his single “Drunk On A Plane”.
All in all Dierks blew away expectations and definitely sets a high high bar for future performances this summer