The show must go on, and Lainey Wilsoncertainly put on a helluva show.
Luke Combs and company rolled into his home state of North Carolina this past weekend for two sold-out shows at Bank of America stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers, but the Saturday concert didn’t come without a few weather-related issues.
It was insanely hot and humid all day, so of course, a few summer thunderstorms rolled in late afternoon, with plenty of rain, thunder and lightning. Another one popped up later in the evening after Luke sang just one song and caused a massive lightning delay, which is a story for a whole other post.
And unfortunately, some of Lainey’s equipment got hit with a lightning strike and was too damaged to use, so she came out for her opening set with just an acoustic guitar, in tandem with one of her guitar players who also only had his acoustic guitar in-hand.
She of course put on an incredible show nonetheless, and I was thrilled to get to hear her play an acoustically in that kind of setting.
I don’t know if I’ll ever hear an acoustic set in a stadium ever again, so even though I hate it for her that so much of her equipment got damaged, I will always cherish getting to see her live and unplugged in that type of venue.
She sounded perfect, and crushed her performance even without her full band to fill the almost 75,000-seat stadium, which is a true testament to her superstar talent and why she’s an abolsute queen.
Here’s a little of “Heart Like A Truck,” with the crowd singing along to every dang word… you love to see it:
“We ain’t ever gonna let it rain on this parade…Charlotte, thank y’all for singin’ loud and proud with us.”
July 22, 2023—Foxborough, MA—Gillette Stadium*
July 29, 2023—Philadelphia, PA—Lincoln Financial Field*
August 9, 2023—Auckland, New Zealand—Spark Arena+
August 11, 2023—Brisbane, Australia—Brisbane Entertainment Centre+
August 16, 2023—Sydney, Australia—Qudos Bank Arena+
August 20, 2023—Melbourne, Australia—Rod Laver Arena+
August 23, 2023—Adelaide, Australia—Adelaide Entertainment Centre+
August 26, 2023—Perth, Australia—RAC Arena+
September 30, 2023—Oslo, Norway—Spektrum
October 1, 2023—Stockholm, Sweden—Annexet
October 4, 2023—Copenhagen, Denmark—Vega
October 6, 2023—Hamburg, Germany—Barclays Arena
October 7, 2023—Amsterdam, Netherlands—AFAS Live
October 8, 2023—Paris, France—La Cigale
October 10, 2023—Zurich, Switzerland—The Hall
October 11, 2023—Brussels, Belgium—Ancienne Belgique
October 13, 2023—Dublin, Ireland—3Arena
October 14, 2023—Belfast, N. Ireland—SSE Arena
October 16, 2023—Glasgow, Scotland—OVO Hydro Arena
October 17, 2023—Manchester, England—AO Arena
October 19, 2023—London, England—The O2 Arena
*with special guests Riley Green, Lainey Wilson, Flatland Cavalry and Brent Cobb
+with special guests Cody Johnson and Lane Pittman