I had the pleasure of attending Miranda Lambert’s Indiana show of the Platinum tour on August 16th. I don’t go to many country concerts but after this one I might have to change that.
Upon arrival I was lucky enough to catch some of Justin Moore’s set; he had the crowd on their feet the entire time. Justin had been told before the tour started that he wouldn’t fit in Indy because there weren’t any rednecks or hicks. He went on to say he loved it here, because there were more rednecks here than anywhere in the world. Moore played “Bait a Hook” followed by “Home Sweet Home” dedicated to the veterans. Soon after, the sky was filled with lighters and whispered stories of loved ones who have passed for “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away”.
Next, Thomas Rhett made his way out to help perform “Small Town Throwdown”. Moore then finished his set off with “Lettin’ the Night Roll”, “Backwoods”, and “Small TownUSA”.
When Justin left the stage Jukebox Mafia performed in the sound board area until the stage change over was completed. They featured a clever montage of R&B, country, classic rock, and their own songs.
The curtain dropped and the big screen lit up with the “Something Bad” video featuring Carrie Underwood. At the end of the video Miranda came out showing off her pink guitar, starting her set with “Fastest Girl in Town”. Keeping the show fast paced, she went right into “Kerosene”, “Platinum”, the drinking song “Heart Like Mine”, “Hard Staying Sober”, and “Over You”. For the hit “All Kinds of Kinds” disco balls came down and covered the venue in sparkling lights. Miranda then did an acoustic version of “Me and Charlie Talking” followed by “Old Sh!t”, “Famous in a SmallTown”, and “Mama’s Broken Heart”. She then dedicated “Priscilla” to Priscilla Presley, Elvis’ wife.
Lambert told the audience about how much she enjoyed working with Little Big Town on “Smoking and Drinking”. Suddenly chandeliers came down on stage illuminating the venue for Miranda’s introspective tune, “The House that Built Me”. The lights went up while she danced around the stage to “Automatic”, “Little Red Wagon”, “White Liar” (her first number one single), and “Gun Powder & Lead” before making her way off stage. Miranda came back out for an encore of covers including: an acoustic “Misery and Gin” by Merle Haggard, and “Give Me All Your Lovin'” by ZZ Top. All of the musicians reunited to sing “Happy Trails” as they exited the stage for the final time.
Written by Paij Leinberger
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