The 19,000 fans who gave Florida Georgia Line a sellout crowd likely don’t care whether the duo is country, pop or some sort of ill-defined subcategory.
They care more that on a perfect Sunday night at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, they played their hits, got a megaboost from hometown hip-hop hero Nelly and made the idea of Monday morning more tolerable.
Folks who love Florida Georgia Line — and there are plenty — got a brisk 18-song set that covered the bro-country tunes such as“Sun Daze” and “That’s How We Do It Round Here,” along with ballads such as “Dirt” and “Holy.”
And of course, there were plenty of fog machines and flaming cauldrons, along with a nifty trick of some pop-up trees at the rear of the stage to lead into their song “Dig Your Roots.” There were also big, conspicuous swigs from a bottle of Old Camp whiskey — a tour sponsor. Tyler Hubbard’s man-bun has vanished into a short haircut; Brian Kelley sported some Cindy Brady-style braids.
While the fans sang along with gusto, the production sounded bass-heavy, at least under the roof. Vocally, the duo shined on a couple of what they called demo songs that generally aren’t played for anyone but themselves and their band. My best guess on the names are “Turn” and “Swerve” — both of which fans will want to check out.
Some of the female fans may have been a little disappointed when Hubbard mentioned that both the duo’s wives had come along and were watching from stage-side. But that likely yielded pretty quickly to appreciation as they sang “God, Your Mama and Me” and the video screens showed scenes from both couples’ weddings and time spent hanging out. It was sweet.
They also gave a sincere shoutout to St. Louis as one of the first cities to believe in the duo before they hit it big.
Florida Georgia Line called it a night, sort of, after 70 minutes and the song “Get Your Shine On.” The crowd wasn’t buying it and almost immediately started chanting for Nelly. No surprise, Nelly and his St. Lunatics returned to the stage and started “Hot in Herre” as Florida Georgia Line returned to join in.
They closed the night with the megahit “Cruise.”
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