Luke Combs tour setlist: 'Fast Car' every song he played in Phoenix stadium on night 2

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Luke Combs returned to State Farm Stadium on Saturday, June 1, for his second concert in two days with a different setlist and four opening acts.

On his first night in Glendale , Combs was joined by Cody Jinks, Charles Wesley Godwin, Hailey Whitters and the Wilder Blue. Saturday found him joined by Jordan Davis, Mitchell Tenpenny, Drew Parker and Colby Acuff.

He’s been changing up the setlist just enough to keep things interesting for anyone who catches both nights in each city on the Growin' Up and Gettin' Old Tour .

Plenty of his biggest hits were in the mix both nights, including many of his biggest hits, but there were several songs in Saturday's performance that the fans on Friday didn't get to hear and vice versa. He also played them in a different order.

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Luke Combs setlist 2024: All the songs he played in Glendale on night 2

Here is every song Luke Combs sang at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on Saturday, June 1.

  • "The Kind of Love We Make"
  • "Cold as You"
  • "Where the Wild Things Are"
  • "Does to Me"
  • "Forever After All"
  • "Be Careful What You Wish For"
  • "One Number Away"
  • "Houston, We Got a Problem"
  • "Doin' This"
  • "Going, Going, Gone"
  • "Must've Never Met You"
  • "Even Though I'm Leaving"
  • "This One's for You" (acoustic)
  • "Refrigerator Door"
  • "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?" (Shania Twain cover)
  • "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)" (Train cover)
  • "What Was I Thinkin'" (Dierks Bentley cover)
  • "Lovin' on You"
  • "Beautiful Crazy"
  • "Fast Car" (Tracy Chapman cover)
  • "She Got the Best of Me"
  • "Hurricane"
  • "Brand New Man"(Brooks & Dunn cover)
  • "1, 2 Many"
  • "When It Rains It Pours"

Luke Combs Friday setlist: 'Fast Car' and every song he played at State Farm Stadium on Night 1

  • "Ain't No Love In Oklahoma"
  • "Beer Never Broke My Heart"

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  • Forever After All
  • Be Careful What You Wish For
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  • Lovin' on You
  • My Kinda Folk
  • Brand New Man
  • The Man He Sees in Me (Acoustic)
  • This One's for You

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Luke Combs Announces New 2024 ‘Growin’ Up and Gettin’ Old’ Tour Dates

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Luke Combs has announced a run of new U.S. tour dates for his “Growin’ Up and Getting’ Old Tour,” which will kick off next spring. The new stops include two-night weekend stints at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium, Jacksonville’s EverBank Stadium, Santa Clara’s Levi’s Stadium, Houston’s NRG Stadium, and Phoenix’s State Farm Stadium among others.

“We got an opportunity to do two shows in some U.S. markets on the World Tour, but when I found out we were going to be able to do two shows for most all of the cities on the 2024 tour, I decided I wanted each show to have their own unique set up of openers, as well as my own unique set list,” Combs said in a statement. “I thought this would give people an opportunity to come to both nights if they want, but see two completely different shows.

The Friday night shows will feature Cody Jinks, the Avett Brothers, Charles Wesley Godwin, Hailey Whitters, and the Wilder Blue. Saturday nights’ opening guests are Jordan Davis, Mitchell Tenpenny, Drew Parker, and Colby Acuff.

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Luke Combs took to the stage in Milwaukee Friday like a bear roaring out of hibernation.

"First show back in five months — here we go," the country superstar cheered after the third song for the kickoff of his "Growin' Up and Gettin' Old Tour" at American Family Field. The tour's second show, for the only the second time in the city's stadium concert history, includes another night at the Milwaukee Brewers' ballpark Saturday.

Combs clearly relished being back in tour mode, roaming all over the stage and runways, crooning and belting until his face turned heirloom-tomato red for show starters "Must've Never Met You," "She Got the Best of Me" and "Lovin' On You" — the latter two among 13 No. 1 Billboard Country Airplay chart-toppers that made Friday's 27-song setlist.

But I'd wager there were a whole lot of Combs fans in Milwaukee Friday who were more excited for this show than he was.

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The full-volume singalongs were Exhibit A in that argument, but some historical context is important.

Milwaukee is spoiled by the sheer volume of country A-listers who routinely come to town (Dan + Shay were here last week, and Tim McGraw is going to be here next week). Combs, too, came through early in his career for three shows at the Rave and the late Northern Lights Theater; he also opened for Blake Shelton at Summerfest in 2018 and made a Farm Aid appearance at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in 2019.

But that's it. As his trophy case filled up, as the hits kept coming, as he moved on up to stadium headliner status, Combs — very much still at the top of the A-list with a leading eight ACM Award nominations announced this week — had yet to do a major Milwaukee headlining show.

Until this weekend, when he rewarded Milwaukee fans' patience with an impassioned, hits-loaded show and a couple of custom nods to the city — from the blue Brewers ballcap that served as the signature piece of his humble concert ensemble to the lyrical swaps of "Milwaukee" into a handful of songs. That didn't quite work as a sub for Panama as he sang about deep sea fishing for "When It Rains It Pours" Friday — but the cheering crowd made it clear the gesture was appreciated.

And the Milwaukee fans adored the beer-centric portion of Friday's program. Fans got to vote for one of three songs via text to make the setlist Friday, and "Beer Can" beat out "Don't Tempt Me" and "Memories Are Made Of." He paid his respects to hometown favorite Miller Brewing — possibly displeasing any American Family Insurance execs in the crowd when he suggested he still thought of the Milwaukee Brewers stadium as Miller Park — and shotgunned a can of Miller Lite during "1, 2 Many."

And of all the big hits Combs played Friday night, "Beer Never Broke My Heart" had one of the most heartfelt singalongs.

. @lukecombs kicked off his “Growin’ Up and Gettin’ Old” 2024 stadium tour with the first of two shows @Brewers American Family Field Friday. My photos and review @journalsentinel — Piet Levy (@pietlevy) April 13, 2024

That, and his cover of Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car." The biggest hit of his career, Combs' take is pretty straightforward, letting Chapman's beautiful lyrics and melodies lead the way. But there's still clearly something special about his version, isn't there?

It's the same thing, Friday's show indicated, that has made Combs' such a superstar.

As a songwriter, as a storyteller, he's as polished as any of his peers in heavy rotation on country radio. But there's more soul and vulnerability in his voice, with just a touch of grit, than most of his centrist country star contemporaries.

So Combs, a back-to-back CMA Awards Entertainer of the Year recipient, was as expected a likable, stadium-electrifying party host.

But his ability to make the stadium filled with 41,000 to 44,000 feel small, to make songs feel personal in that space, that was his greatest strength Friday — whether he was crooning "This One's for You" alone on electric guitar while his seven-piece band took a breather, or tenderly belting "Better Together" accompanied by pretty melodies on a piano.

But the most intimate and moving stretch of the night included "Love You Anyway," "Forever After All" and "Beautiful Crazy," which Combs said were inspired by his wife Nicole Hocking, who was in attendance Friday. Combs prefaced the song singing her praises, including how she helped him with his daily anxieties — and expressed remorse for missing the birth of their second son last year while he was on tour in Australia. Calling it the best and worst day of his life, Combs choked up, took a beat, and wiped tears from his eyes. And then he poured all the emotion, all the gratitude that he felt in that highly vulnerable moment into those songs.

As the show hit the hour-and-50-minute mark Friday, and Combs more than earned the right to head backstage for some family time, he struggled to peel himself away from the stage.

Nine minutes after Combs sang the final lyrics of the night's final song, "The Kind of Love We Make," the seats across the stadium were largely empty. But the pit was still full of fans, and Combs was still on that stage, signing autograph after autograph after autograph.

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Cody Jinks, Charles Wesley Godwin and the Wilder Blue opened Friday night's Luke Combs concert

Cody Jinks was a standout at the Harley-Davidson Homecoming Festival in Veterans Park last summer , fueled by a hellbent desire to win over the crowd as the event’s lone country act. As the primary opener Friday at a big ol' country show, that kind of pressure was off. And, consequently, Jinks’ fire didn’t burn as brightly, despite solid renditions of tunes like “Fast Hand” and “Mamma Song” aided by a honky-tonk-tuned band.

Immediately winning points with a customized Brew Crew jersey, singer-songwriter Charles Wesley Godwin turned out to be the most animated of Friday's openers, storming the catwalk and banging his head for “Hardwood Floors.” But even in “stadium mode,” Godwin brought intimacy and tenderness to tearjerkers like “Miner Imperfections,” which he dedicated to his father. Godwin may not be at the level of his good friend Zach Bryan yet ( who he opened for at Summerfest last year ), with stadiums full of people mesmerized by every word, but Friday’s set suggested it could be in the cards. Next up for Godwin in Milwaukee: a headlining set at Summerfest’s Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard June 28, which could prove to be too small a stage for his fanbase.

Alt-country act the Wilder Blue started off the night with a gentle but effective rendition of the national anthem, then kept things mellow for Eagles cover “Seven Bridges Road” and “I’m Your Man,” a new single out Friday that, played live, was more blue-cool than red-hot swagger. The polite but understandably sleepy crowd would have to wait for something, well, wilder.

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6 takeaways from Luke Combs' Milwaukee concert Friday

At the risk of ruining this for everyone catching a concert at American Family Field in the future (including myself): I once again followed Journal Sentinel reporter Claire Reid's traffic-avoiding tips and drove into the stadium lots from Blue Mound Road. I first hit the brakes at 5:28 p.m., and I was parked by 5:41 p.m. The Journal Sentinel splurged on premium parking this time out, so that cut down on my parking time, but I still was shocked at how quickly I got in. But getting out, there's really nothing drivers can do to avoid that headache. People started filing out in large numbers around 10:50 p.m., but the drive out of the lots around me didn't really clear up until about 12:10 a.m.

A friend texted me a photo from his seats at Friday's show — with a massive, suspended speaker stack blocking a good portion of the stage, even though his tickets weren't classified as "obstructed view." He debated with customer service to no avail and embraced a positive attitude, and I gathered he was still able to see Combs on the screens clearly and when he'd walk the stage. But given the complications getting to the show and the cost, it's too bad my friend and others seated near him had to deal with that.

Beyond "Fast Car," there were other covers Friday, including a stirring take of Ed Sheeran's "Dive," a rendition of Brooks & Dunn's "Brand New Man," and a medley of three songs with a few of Combs' bandmates taking lead vocals: Shania Twain's "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?," Train's "Drops of Jupiter" and Dierks Bentley's "What Was I Thinkin'?"

Combs covered a whole lot of hits, but not every one of his Billboard Country Airplay chart-toppers made the setlist. Left out Friday: "Even Though I'm Leaving," "Does to Me" and "Doin' This." But it was worth cutting one of those to make sure he added unreleased fatherly love song "The Man He Sees in Me" Friday.

A head's up: Combs’ openers Friday won’t be the same openers Saturday. Expect a more country radio vibe with (in order of appearance) Colby Acuff, Drew Parker, Mitchell Tenpenny and Jordan Davis. And if you get to the lots by 3 p.m., you can see two more acts — Ryan Larkins and Graham Barham — at the Third Base Plaza at American Family Field.

Most interesting conversation from the pit: A woman near the stage yelled at a security guard, “Next time I have to pee you’re coming with. That was (expletive) brutal coming back in here.” Understandably, the security guard looked horrified.

Luke Combs' American Family Field April 12 Setlist

”Must’ve Never Met You”

”She Got the Best of Me”

”Lovin’ on You”

”My Kinda Folk”

”Brand New Man” (Brooks & Dunn cover)

”One Number Away”

”Houston, We Got a Problem”

”The Man He Sees in Me”

”This One’s for You”

”Going, Going, Gone”

”Dive” (Ed Sheeran cover)

”Whose Bed Have You Boots Been Under?” (Shania Twain cover)/“Drops of Jupiter” (Train cover)/“What Was I Thinkin’?” (Dierks Bentley cover)

”Where the Wild Things Are”

"Love You Anyway"

"Forever After All"

"Beautiful Crazy"

"Fast Car" (Tracy Chapman cover)


"Cold As You"

"When It Rains It Pours"

"1, 2 Many"

"Beer Never Broke My Heart"

"Better Together"

"The Kind of Love We Make"

Contact Piet at (414) 223-5162 or  [email protected] . Follow him on X at  @pietlevy  or Facebook at .

This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Luke Combs crushes tour kickoff at Milwaukee's American Family Field

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Please note, tickets will not be emailed or available to print. Your mobile ticket must be displayed on your phone to get into the event using the 49ers App.

All individuals and their belongings are subject to search. The following information is subject to change without notice. 

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The following ARE PERMITTED in the stadium during Levi’s® Stadium Events:

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  • Binoculars shorter than 6 inches (case prohibited)
  • Cameras with 3-inch lenses or shorter (no lights, tripods, selfie-sticks or monopods)
  • Diaper bags accompanying a child
  • Flags smaller than 2’ x 3’ (No Poles)
  • Food and fruit (must be cut into pieces)
  • Plastic water bottles (factory sealed, no-alcohol, less than 24 ounces)
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  • Seat cushions
  • Strollers (contact the nearest Playmaker if in need of storing)
  • Sunscreen & hand-powered misters
  • Umbrellas (no obstruction of other fans view)
  • Protective face coverings
  • Hand sanitizers up to 12 ounces

The following ARE NOT PERMITTED in the stadium:

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  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Bags that violate the Clear Bag Policy (see Bag Policy above)
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  • UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles)
  • Weapons of any kind (including silverware).

Anyone possessing PROHIBITED items will be asked to return them to their cars or dispose of them in the garbage cans provided at the gate.

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Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) VTA will operate increased train service from Mountain View station (Caltrain transfer) and Milpitas station (BART transfer) two hours prior to the game start. Post-event service will run for approximately 60 minutes post-event. For more information, please visit .

Caltrain Caltrain will be running a regular weekday schedule on Friday. Fans heading to the game can get off at the Mountain View station and transfer to the VTA light rail service to Levi’s Stadium. Post-event, northbound trains depart Mountain View at 8:34 pm, 9:34 pm, 10:40 pm, and the last train is scheduled for 11:34 pm. For more information, please visit the game service page at .

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RIDESHARE The drop-off location at Levi’s® Stadium for this game will be on Great America Parkway curbside, between Tasman Drive and Old Glory Lane. The pick-up zone is located in Red Lot 7. Follow signage and staff instructions for additional directions.

Valley Transportation Authority (VTA)

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Capitol Corridor

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Caltrain provides services from San Francisco to South San Jose with stops all along the peninsula. On Sunday, fans heading to the game can get off at the Mountain View station and transfer to VTA light rail service to Levi’s Stadium. Post-game, Caltrain will operate regular weekend schedule and northbound trains will depart Mountain View at 4:34 pm, 5:34 pm and 6:34 pm.

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Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)

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All accessible parking will be directed to Green Lot 1. Guests who possess a valid placard will be directed to park and must display their placard at the entrance to be admitted.

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Levi’s® Stadium takes pride in providing elite service to all guests including those requiring mobility assistance. We provide a variety of services for our guests with special needs. Included in these services are courtesy shuttle buses from selected parking lots, golf cart shuttles in the Main lot, and Guest Services representatives to provide wheelchair service if requested. Guests that require additional assistance are encouraged to contact our mobility assistance team at 408-579-4610 or email  [email protected] .

  Assisted Listening Devices will be available at all Guest Services kiosks located throughout the stadium.

Recommended exit routes to take based on your desired destination.

Exit Intel Gate A For fans riding the VTA Light Rail to Caltrain or BART, ridesharing or those who have parked in Red Lot 1.

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Exit Dignity Health Gate C For fans parked in any of the Blue Lots or Pink Lot 8.

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Luke Combs rattles stadium at Jacksonville concert, ready to come back and do it again

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Luke Combs was midway through his Friday night show , standing front and center by himself on stage and playing one of his earliest songs, "This One's For You," just as he has in a thousand bars and clubs on his way to the top.

When he finished, a sly grin briefly crossed his face, signaling that he was as surprised as anyone to find Luke Combs headlining before 45,000 people at EverBank Stadium, and coming back the next night to do it again.

Combs poured his heart out onto the stage for nearly two hours Friday night, walking on stage to a recorded version of "Sweet Caroline" that had the crowd singing along so loud that there must have been noise complaints in San Marco.

Combs, who was playing at the Mavericks nightclub in the old Jacksonville Landing less than eight years ago, was at the top of a bill of country up-and-comers. He had four opening acts on Friday and will be back at the stadium Saturday to do it again, with a whole different cast of openers. It's fair to guess that more than a few fans who were at Friday's show were impressed enough to buy tickets for Saturday.

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Combs isn't a high-energy, tear-around-the-stage performer like Kenny Chesney, who is also headlining stadium tours. And he doesn't have decades worth of hits like George Strait , who brings his tour to the same stadium next week. That's what makes Combs drawing 90,000-plus fans over the weekend so impressive.

Combs became the hottest thing in country thanks to smart songwriting and a band that can absolutely rock and roll. He doesn't have a great voice, but he has a powerful one that had no trouble Friday reaching the folks in the nosebleed seats. If you needed further proof that the new generation of country has arrived, just look at the cover songs he chose to include in Friday night's set. He didn't play Hank Williams or George Jones when he wanted to salute his roots, he went to Brooks and Dunn's '90s hit "Brand New Man," Ed Sheeran's "Dive," Shania Twain's "Who's Bed Have Your Boots Been Under" and Dierks Bentley's "What Was I Thinking."

Combs, a Carolina Panthers fan, wisely wore a Jaguars hat for Friday's show, running through 25 songs and sticking around on stage well after the last number had run its course, shaking hands and signing autographs with fans on the field. He had the crowd on its feet and singing along from the moment he hit the stage to "Must've Never Been Me."

There's certainly a lot more rock in Combs' music than in, say, Strait's. Other than a little banjo or fiddle or pedal steel here and there, his band could easily be backing a heavy metal singer, with the guitar players in particular throwing thunderous riffs at the stadium all night.

Friday night's show was superbly paced, building up the excitement, then giving fans a chance to catch their breath with slow numbers like the tender "Man He Sees in Me" to a sea of waving cell phone lights, then cranking it right back up with big sing-alongs like "Hurricane" or stompers like "Cold as You." The tour has been playing back-to-back nights at stadiums around the country, and fans at Saturday's show can likely expect to see a lot of the same songs performed, just in a different order.

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Friday's show reached a fever pitch a little after 10 p.m. when the crowd sang along with every word to "Beautiful Crazy," then erupted at the first notes of "Fast Car," the old Tracy Chapman song that helped Combs learn to play guitar. If you could have predicted that song as a big country hit that would get 45,000 people on their feet, you probably ought to be playing the lottery more often.

The way country music develops its young artists, it's likely that one of the openers from Friday or Saturday's show is going to be headlining their own tours in the next year or two.

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Friday's show opened with Texas five-piece band the Wilder Blue. The band kicked off the evening with a gorgeous National Anthem, then rolled right into its brief set highlighted by a spirited "Dixie Darlin'." Maybe 20 percent of the seats were filled when the band came on.

There was very little time between acts at the show. Wilder Blue walked off and an army of roadies hit the stage immediately. Less than 10 minutes later, the stage was set up for the next act, Hailey Whitters, and the crew was already tuning her guitars. Thirty five minutes after Wilder Blue started its set, Whitters was on stage doing hers.

Whitters, the reigning Academy of Country Music Awards New Female Artist of the Year , was by far the poppiest act on Friday, working the stage in a sundress, boots, long ponytail and what looked like a pretty good sunburn. "I'm freaking out seeing all y'all here," she said as the seats steadily filled. She's a strong songwriter and kept her numbers short and sweet to squeeze in as many as she could in the 26 minutes she was allotted. "Everything She Ain't" and her new single, "I'm in Love," were highlights.

West Virginian Charles Wesley Godwin followed, opening his set with his own "Cue Country Roads" and closing it with John Denver's "Country Roads." He and his band, the Allegheny High, have clearly been playing together for a while, with a real tight delivery and a knack for walking the fine line between rock and country, setting mandolin and banjo against a heavy beat.

Cody Jinks was Friday's final opener and was maybe too big for the role. He and his band, the Tone Deaf Hippies, played for about 45 minutes, but could have gone on much longer and no one would have minded. Jinks, looking menacing dressed in black with dark shades and a ferocious beard, opened with "Fast Hand," which featured a pedal steel solo leading into an organ solo, something you're not likely to find in country music or anywhere else. He has the stage presence of a guy who has played on a million stages and it doesn't matter to him one bit if there are 20 people or 45,000 watching.

The stadium was nearly full by the time Jinks got the crowd singing along to "Mamma's Song." His new single, "Outlaws and Mustangs," has everything it needs to become a big summertime smash. He was halfway through his set before it finally got dark enough for the light show to be noticeable, around the time he was playing "Must Be the Whiskey."

Who's opening for Luke Combs's Saturday show in Jacksonville?

Saturday's show starts at 5:45 p.m. Openers are Colby Acuff, Drew Parker, Mitchell Tenpenny and Jordan Davis.

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On the road with Luke Combs, country music's blue-collar champion

Luke combs is a blue-collar hero for a new generation of country fans. and in denver, he reached a height achieved only by a few before him: stadium headliner..

DENVER — Few people expected snow to cake the seats of Empower Field at Mile High in late May. 

Especially Luke Combs.

Combs, reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year , didn’t shake a crystal ball when plotting the weekend to launch his biggest run of shows to-date. 

Luke Combs poses for a portrait on the stage at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, Colo., Friday, May 20, 2022.

He already had plenty on his mind, after all: fatherhood , wrapping a new album, called "Growin' Up," and eyeing his first leg of headlining stadium shows. Like his song goes, “Oh lord, when it rains, it pours.”

Still, Combs wasn’t going to let a few flakes slow the momentum he built on a five-year sprint to the peak of country music’s mountaintop. 

Inside Mile High a day before gates opened to his NFL stadium debut, Combs sat with his legs crossed on a couch in the center of his green room – AKA “The Still," a hangout decorated with lava lamps, Miller Lite coolers and wall-covering flags that nod to Combs’ North Carolina roots.

In his calm drawl, the burly and ginger-bearded   32-year-old laid out two choices.

“It’s either a hindrance," Combs said, "or we make it an experience.” 

Like weathering a snowstorm in May, Combs' unflinching dedication to his craft may be what fueled his ascent from a little-known singer to one of music's mightiest voices and a hitmaking force arguably unlike any seen out Nashville this century. From songwriting to setlists and fan experiences, he sweats small details — and it shows in the steadfast listeners who wholly accept him. 

He's a blue-collar hero for a new generation of country fans who see themselves in his rowdy tales and tender-hearted truths. And in Denver, he reached a pinnacle of touring success achieved only by an elite group of entertainers before him: stadium headliner. 

"It was, 'I have to go out and f***ing prove it every night,'" Combs said on building his show from bar sets in college towns to sold-out NFL stadiums. "That's what I'm gonna have to do. If I can get in a room with 50 people, guaranteed next time there's 100.

"...That felt very attainable, like every step was really, really small," he continued.

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Combs shared a big laugh and flashed self-aware smiles during the hour-plus interview. He often leaned forward on the couch, adjusting his ballcap or crossing arms as he talked. He added, "It wasn't like, 'I'm here. I have no songs. How do I become George Strait?'"

Gambling on his songs

Before 11 a.m. on the Wednesday ahead of Combs' return to Denver, music was already pouring out of bars that line Nashville's bustling Lower Broadway tourism district . The brunch-time riff crawling from Tootsie's Orchid Lounge would be recognizable by any Combs fan before the singer recites a growling chant that conquered country music three summers ago: "Long. Neck. Ice. Cold. Beer."

Luke Combs poses for a portrait on the stage at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, Colo., Friday, May 20, 2022.

Combs isn't singing "Beer Never Broke My Heart" through a weekday morning shift at the honky-tonk, of course. His music just feels ever-present on the neon-soaked strip known for hooking tourists with big-name bars and boot sales.

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But like many Music Row hitmakers, Combs never worked the Lower Broadway circuit. He already cut his teeth in bars before packing his bags for Nashville in 2014.

At that time, Combs had dropped out of Appalachian State University to focus on songwriting and performing. He cultivated a modest independent following behind a handful of self-released songs. Combs continued touring the Southeast but skipped the cover band bar scene in Nashville.

Instead, he cemented a circle of collaborators with songwriting ambitions. 

"I felt like my time was better spent trying to write songs all the time, not making money," Combs said. "At least writing my own stuff, I'm trudging in the right direction, as slow and painful as it was."

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At first, Combs watched as his peers, some yet to play a show, signed development deals with record labels. Meanwhile, he "couldn't get someone to sniff around" his music, largely because he didn't look or sound much like the polished, pop-infused bro-country produced in the early 2010s. 

Then Chris Stapleton happened.

A bearded Kentuckian with a voice that could blow the roof off any venue, Stapleton rose behind 2015 album "Traveller" after a life-changing performance of "Tennessee Whiskey" with Justin Timberlake at the CMA Awards that year. 

He rewrote what it meant to look like a mainstream country star. 

"He opened the door for a guy that doesn't look like everyone else," Combs said. "This guy doesn't fit the mold of what was going on at that time."

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Luke Combs waits backstage before performing at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, Colo., Saturday, May 21, 2022. The show kicked off Combs’ first-ever headlining stadium tour.

Eventually, good songs prevailed. Backed by a handful of believers , Combs inked a joint deal in 2016 with Sony Music Nashville imprint Columbia Records and then start-up River House Artists. 

He released his debut full-length "This One's For You" in July 2017. His sound — a tightrope of '90s country influence with modern, expertly-woven hooks and often a dash of arena rock confidence — quickly resonated.

The album started an unprecedented run. Combs sent  his first 14 radio singles  to No. 1 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, a feat untouched by any other artist since the chart launched in 1990. Starting with debut single "Hurricane" in late 2016, he's yet to release a radio song that  hasn't  reached No. 1 on the chart.

And he brought along a handful of songwriters — Ray Fulcher, Thomas Archer and bandmate Rob Williford among them — to experience chart-topping success for the first time with him.

"For my first five singles, it was everyone's first No. 1," Combs said. "To be able to do that with people who wanted to write with me because they liked me as a guy or they believed in what I was doing, that's why I still write with 99% of the same folks. I didn't have a pot to piss in and they didn't either." 

By 2018, he reached one billion streams across digital platforms. That number increased to nearly three billion by mid-2019 and, at publication time, inched closer to 15 billion worldwide streams, according to the label. 

Combs landed last year at No. 9 on Billboard's year-end all-genre artist chart , one slot below Justin Bieber.

"The way he presents himself ... it's real," said Randy Goodman, chairman and CEO of Sony Music Nashville. "There's no posing. There's no 'I'm playing a character.' It's Luke, walking out there doing that. It really did open a door."

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‘I don’t deserve to win this, but I’m sure as hell glad that I did’

In 2019, Garth Brooks stepped on stage at Bridgestone Arena and named his successor to a spot he’s stood in more than any other in country music history – CMA Entertainer of the Year. 

Brooks humbly accepted the award that year, the last time he would hoist an Entertainer of the Year trophy. He  bowed out of the category indefinitely in 2020. 

And in that moment, Brooks tapped the bottom of his CMA trophy and told millions of at-home viewers who he believed would soon be etched into Nashville history. 

Luke Combs shows off his Entertainer of the Year award to the media backstage at the end of the 55th annual CMA Awards show at Bridgestone Arena Nov. 10, 2021.

“Luke Combs, wherever you’re at, this has got your name on it in the future, hoss,” Brooks said on stage. “I can tell ya that right now.” 

Combs wasn’t nominated for the award that year. He wasn’t even in the room. 

Instead, Combs was deep inside Bridgestone Arena making press rounds after winning Male Vocalist of the Year moments before. Nonetheless, when he heard Brooks' gamble, he knew what to do: keep working. 

Luke Combs greets guests before performing at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, Colo., Saturday, May 21, 2022. The show kicked off Combs’ first-ever headlining stadium tour.

“It was like, man, a lot of pressure,” he said. “You better not blow it now.” 

It only took two years for CMA voters to cash in on the bet Brooks placed that night. Combs won Entertainer of the Year in 2021, accepting the award with tears in his eyes and a beaming wife watching from the audience.

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As Combs walked to the stage, Eric Church clapped in congratulations as he flashed a coy smile from behind his signature aviator shades. To win the award, he out-paced a field of modern Nashville titans: Church, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and Stapleton, who already won an armful of trophies earlier in the night. 

“I don’t deserve to win this,” Combs said from the stage, “but I’m sure as hell glad that I did.”

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Combs — a kid who picked up a guitar just a decade before winning country music’s highest honor — later asked himself: why me?

It wasn’t long ago that he practiced his strumming with Lambert and Church covers.

“There are absolutely multiple ways I look up to all these people,” Combs said. “And I know in my heart that, like, I’m not there yet. They don’t think of me the same way I think of them. And maybe that’s untrue. But that’s just the way I feel, personally. I feel like, how has Miranda Lambert not won that? How has Chris Stapleton not won that? How has Carrie Underwood not won that? 

“How did I do this? Why am I the guy?” 

Still, the same singer who questions his place in Music Row hierarchy doesn't flinch at holding tight to the spot he swiftly earned after Brooks' prediction. 

"It was like, 'My God.' What a huge moment I've achieved," Combs said. "No one can take that away from me. No one can take that away from my team. And I wanna win 10 more of 'em. That's the goal. Continue to push forward." 

But awards, streaming records and chart-topping albums? None of it happens without a legion of fans willing to follow Combs as he navigates an unexpected snowstorm of success.

Building Bootlegger nation 

As wet, heavy snow slipped off tree branches underneath a cool May sunshine in Denver, fans began to line the Mile High parking lots hours before gates opened on show night. 

Fans walk past an inflatable Luke Combs before his concert at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, Colo., Saturday, May 21, 2022. The show kicked off Combs’ first-ever headlining stadium tour.

Cars with plates that stretch from Kansas to California, Texas and South Dakota line the lots. After setting up beer coolers, games of bag toss and charcoal grills, many tailgaters hop in line for only-in-Denver merchandise or a quick selfie with a wiggling, inflatable tube donning Combs’ face. 

Whether they finished a 1,000-mile journey to Mile High or traveled down the street, these showgoers line the lots together, throwing down tailgates before settling in to share stories or sing a few songs. One couple traveled from Texas, an overdue Christmas present from husband to wife. Another group lined a dozen cars together for a blacktop party fueled by line dancing and Jell-o shots.  

Many wear shirts with “Bootlegger” etched across the chest, the name of Combs’ growing fanbase. 

As hard as he may campaign for the next dozen Entertainer of the Year awards, he’d likely toss each trophy into the Cumberland River if it meant doing right by the Bootleggers.

“In Nashville, the fans are sometimes the last people that are thought of and that always bugged me,” Combs said. “It’s [like], ‘How do we put you in a cool shirt and make you awesome?’ You’re focusing your energy on all the wrong stuff. And not that [this] stuff’s not important. It is. But the first thing that should be important are the people [who] come to your shows.” 

“That’s the focus. Those people’s experience is over-the-top important to me. I wanted to show them that we really care.” 

And whether he’s roleplaying country music’s Kris Kringle by tossing out free merchandise to tailgaters (yes, that happened) or hiking to the stadium’s top deck for a humbling view of the stage below, Combs doesn’t stray from a fan-first ethos that he and his team embrace. 

As a kid who could only afford nosebleed seats to concerts once or twice a summer, he knows the importance of an entertainment dollar. With that in mind, Combs and company curated a rolling convention of country songs, whiskey shots and like-minded fans that extends beyond a few hours on stage. 

Luke Combs performs at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, Colo., Saturday, May 21, 2022. The show kicked off Combs’ first-ever headlining stadium tour.

On concert day, Combs enlisted tastemaking Nashville showcase Whiskey Jam to host a free parking lot stage featuring upcoming Nashville talent. The night before each stadium outing, Bootleggers could retreat to a local venue for the tour’s pre-party social, headlined by longtime Combs buddy Adam Church. 

And at each show, he holds a section of $25 tickets for those who are squeezed by parking, travel and concession prices. 

“We just try to think of everything we can to make people feel like we give a s*** about their experience and time and coming to this thing,” Combs said. “I think there’s people in the fan club that flew here from Scotland. I wouldn’t be OK letting somebody like that down. That’s a huge commitment. 

“We’ve wanted to create a community amongst the fans where they talk to each other – they become friends – because of the music.”

For manager Chris Kappy, Combs’ relationship with the Bootleggers can be described in one question: Who would they walk up to in a bar – Luke Combs or Bruce Springsteen? 

“They would have no problem walking up to Luke and asking him anything,” said Kappy, a Nashville outsider who gambled on Combs as a little-known singer in 2016. He since launched Make Wake Artists, a Music City firm breaking the mold of traditional management.

Kappy continued, “But they’re gonna be like, ‘I wouldn’t do that to Bruce.’ I think that's what the special part about Luke is. They’re like, ‘He’s just one of us. He’s us.’ He’s theirs. Those fans are like, ‘No, Luke’s our guy.’ That's the beauty of it. That's what makes him special is that he’s given himself to the fans. That’s special.” 

'Cares about what he does' 

Backstage minutes before his set at Mile High, Combs rolls back-and-forth on the balls of his feet. He's nervous to perform, but not in an "I can't handle the pressure" way. He just wants to hit the stage. 

Band members and crew gather in The Still to pour drinks, share jokes and pass around bear-like hugs. Jack Harlow, The Eagles and Eric Church play through a touring entertainment rig anchored by Combs' Xbox on one side of the room. On the other, a bar rig houses a chest of dark liquors, light beer and candy jars. 

Strands of patio light cast a glow on flags that line the greenroom walls — from nods to Combs' favorite Carolina Panthers and Appalachian State to illustrated mountains and a skeleton flashing a "peace" sign. A day earlier, Combs coyly described the room as his take on Millennial mall favorite Spencer's gift shop. 

For the first time in years, Combs isn't wearing his signature short-sleeve black Columbia button-down on stage. Instead, he's combating chilly temperatures with a pullover hoodie. Or, as Combs joked in a nod to late art-rock icon David Bowie, wearing sleeves marked a change wild enough to be described as the beginning of his "Ziggy Stardust" phase. 

Outside, roughly 53,000 people wait to grab hold of every word he'll sing.

Luke Combs performs at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, Colo., Saturday, May 21, 2022. The show kicked off Combs’ first-ever headlining stadium tour.

They'll hold up cans of Miller Lite with his face on it and clutch old-time souvenir pennies — low-cost keepsakes crafted for Combs' inaugural stadium tour. 

Combs knows he won’t leave each ticket-buyer with a jaw-dropping impression, and that’s OK. 

“Not everyone’s gonna be like, ‘That was my favorite show ever, he’s the best guy ever,’” Combs said. “That’s unrealistic. You want some of those people, and I think we’ve achieved that. You also want people to go … ‘I really enjoyed that. That guy is talented and cares about what he does.’ That’s still the goal. I think that’s how we got to here.” 

Luke Combs, left, chats with tour manager Ethan Strunk, right, before performing at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, Colo., Saturday, May 21, 2022. The show kicked off Combs’ first-ever headlining stadium tour.

And he’s backed by a cast of fellow underdogs who followed him from songwriting circles to stadium stages, including: Kappy, who never managed an artist before Combs; Ethan Strunk, a tour manager who Combs met when he tried to sell the singer a pair of shoes at Boot Barn inside Opry Mills mall; and Jake Sommers, Combs’ dedicated drummer who introduced himself at a one-off night inside Midtown bar Tin Roof before his career took off in earnest. 

They each punched a front-row ticket abroad   Combs' rocket from clubs to amphitheaters and arenas before taking a leap that few artists in any genre achieved as quickly as Combs did – sold-out stadiums.

Kappy thought he could’ve gotten there quicker, if it weren’t for the pandemic derailing live entertainment for most of 2020. 

“When we sold out two nights at Madison Square Garden on a Monday and a Tuesday in September of ‘19,” Kappy said, “I was like, ‘We’re ready to go. It’s time.’” 

Luke Combs performs at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, Colo., Saturday, May 21, 2022. The show kicked off Combs’ first-ever headlining stadium tour.

Coming out of lockdown, Combs’ fast-climbing tour trajectory picked up where it left off. 

In 2021, a bounce-back year for live music, Combs landed at No. 13 for global ticket sales , according to trade publication Pollstar. He moved more than 520,000 tickets last year after returning to the road, Pollstar reported. Combs sold an estimated 115,000 tickets in one day when stadium shows went on sale in Denver, Atlanta and Seattle, per his team. 

Strunk was Combs’ first crew member in 2016, when he and the band toured out of an RV. Now, he’s one in a staff of more than 50 traveling in six tour buses.

“You don’t even know it’s happening,” Strunk said. “You’re opening for an artist in an amphitheater like Brantley Gilbert or Jason Aldean and the promoter’s tellin’ you, ‘People are here early. This is not normal. People don’t get here early for these shows.’ And you’re like, ‘Oh, OK. They wanna come see Luke. Awesome.’

“Next thing you know, we’re playing fairs in Ohio and Pennsylvania in the summer of 2017 and every one is breaking an attendance record," he added. "That’s when you’re like, ‘OK. This is a pretty big deal.’” 

So in Denver, when Combs brings together his band and crew for a pre-show huddle and swig of whiskey, he keeps his speech short. After this long, they know what's at stake.

“Big show, man,” Combs said as a dozen or so people raised cups around him. “If I gotta hype you up for this one, something’s wrong with ya. Seriously, insane. ... That’s the only thing I have to say.” 

Growin' up 

Kinetic energy builds as Combs walks a few hundred feet through a tunnel in the underbelly of Mile High to a towering stage. A rush of unseasonably cool May air hits the group on a small hike up the side ramp and into a shadowed wing behind the mammoth   platform.

Luke Combs helps his mother, Rhonda Combs, set up her in-ear monitors before he performs at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, Colo., Saturday, May 21, 2022. The show kicked off Combs’ first-ever headlining stadium tour.

Except for his wife of nearly two years, Nicole – who expected to give birth any day – Combs surrounds himself with those who’ve watched him take on each new stage of his career: Kappy, Strunk, his bandmates and mother, Rhonda Combs, who he helps tuck in an in-ear monitor moments before walking on stage.

The crowd jostles in anticipation, howling in waves with each fading song from the house mix. For most fans, collectable merchandise, cheap tickets and a tailgate party come second to one thing: The songs. 

Combs climbed the country charts and smashed streaming records with songs that expertly capture the lives of his listeners. His co-writing harnesses a down-home earnestness that resonates through each love-tinged ballad and hard-drinkin' party song. 

"When I started writing songs ... I wanted to write stuff that I felt like I wasn't hearing on the radio," Combs said. "That I felt like if I wasn't singing these, I would wanna listen to 'em if somebody else was singing 'em." 

Luke Combs heads to the stage before performing at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, Colo., Saturday, May 21, 2022. The show kicked off Combs’ first-ever headlining stadium tour.

He walks a line traveled by only a handful of country artists: Real enough to be accepted by listeners who often police authenticity in a format fueled by carbon-copied men; and commercial enough to dominate charts often polluted with the aforementioned copies. 

He's the kind of musician who can kick out a surprise duet with pop star Ed Sheeran, cut a song with bluegrass virtuoso Billy Strings or share session time with beloved Nashville artist Amanda Shires. 

And now, he's growin' up. 

Combs brings on tour this summer songs from a third full-length album, "Growin' Up." The 12-song collection hears Combs at times push his songwriting into an uncharted direction — like the inevitable open-road anthem with Miranda Lambert, "Outrunnin' Your Memory," the pensive, small-town tale "Middle Of Somewhere" or a curtain-closing nightcap "The Kind Of Love We Make."

New Luke Combs song: Luke Combs new single, video filmed in Dickson County released: ‘The Kind of Love We Make’

Behind a '70s rock groove Combs sets the scene on "The Kind Of Love We Make" for a candle-lit getaway most working couples dream of catching: "We've been burnin' both ends/ Keepin' the lights on/ So I've been thinkin' we need/ A little time alone ..." 

But he doesn't forget to take listeners to familiar territory, either. Combs serves up a dish of guitar-fried party music with country-rocker "Any Given Friday Night" and goes honky-tonkin' with backroad neon ripper "Ain't Far From It." 

On "Any Given Friday Night," Combs channels big riffs and a booming voice for another fist-pumping addition to his catalog. He sings, "Boys chase girls going 30 mile an hour/ Circle up at the Dairy Queen/ Later on the wild gets louder/ Like a rural route movie scene ... on any given Friday night." 

He cut roughly three dozen songs in a year-and-a-half for the album, only finalizing the tracklist after being told, "OK, we need the record, man." 

As the album title suggests, Combs balances a duality of being the same guy who brings an Xbox on tour and builds a full-proof baby nursery in his spare time.

"I wanna continue to grow as an artist," Combs said, adding: "In a lot of ways I love artists that change and in a lot of ways as a fan I'm like, 'How dare you change on me? How dare you explore your creativity?' ... I wanted this album to be dippin' the toe in the pool." 

He continued, "I want the fans to know, 'Hey, I wanna grow up with you.'" 

Luke Combs performs at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, Colo., Saturday, May 21, 2022. The show kicked off Combs’ first-ever headlining stadium tour.

When Combs finally takes the stage in Denver, it shudders under the weight of excitement from thousands of cheers. He slowly walks past his band, taking in the view of glowing lights and ear-ringing approval as he grabs the microphone stand. 

The spotlight finds him as he starts to sing. 

The Bootleggers hang on every word, lifting him as a stadium of voices attending a country music communion. Whether it's 50 people or 50,000, they're his people — and come snowstorm or sunshine, he'll do his best by them. 

Like he sings in this "Doin' This," the night's opening number: "At the Grand Ole Opry or a show in some no-name town/ I'd still be doin' this if I wasn't doin' this." 

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Review: Luke Combs kick-starts Seattle’s summer concert season with soggy Lumen Field bash

Michael Rietmulder

It was supposed to be the stadium-sized kickoff of “summer” concert season. A dismal forecast wouldn’t stop a few cutoff shorts and sleeveless flannels from coming out to Lumen Field for the first big stadium gig of the season, as one of country music’s leading men, Luke Combs, pulled into Seattle with a case full of good-time drinking tunes and a stellar supporting cast.

But when Mother Nature dumps a bucket of water over your Stetson (for five hours straight), what’s there to do but crank the music, crack a cold one and get on down anyhow? So seemed to be the motto of roughly 50,000 fans who turned Saturday’s concert from the newly minted stadium headliner into a rowdy poncho party.

The Country Music Association’s reigning entertainer of the year didn’t waste much time firing up his nearly two-hour set. After opening with a tender “Doin’ This” — the lead single off his forthcoming “Growin’ Up” LP, arriving later this month — Combs unleashed his crunchy, countrified head banger “Cold as You.” It’s a Grade A tip-one-back, leave-your-troubles-at-the-door jukebox slammer that bowled over the stadium crowd like Marshawn Lynch on an undersized defensive back. Or maybe more accurately, it was the thunderous crowd that bowled over Combs, as early on his vocals struggled to compete with the tens of thousands of voices singing along with every word.

“I wouldn’t expect to be outside in … Seattle, Washington, without getting a little wet!” proclaimed the North Carolina juggernaut from under the brim of a Seahawks cap, unafraid to get as soaked as the rest of us. Ripping through his beer-hoisting Brooks & Dunn collab “1,2 Many,” Combs briefly ditched the red Solo cup that was attached to his hand most of the night to shotgun a Miller Lite during an extended bridge, much to the crowd’s delight. Whether he was straining to match their volume or just warming up on a damp Northwest night, Combs sounded a little coarse on some of first few songs’ more raucous moments before eventually finding his sweet spot.

While Combs can spin an earwormy beer anthem with the best of them, don’t dismiss the singer-songwriter as another country party boy. On the country spectrum, Combs falls somewhere between the purist appeal of Chris Stapleton — one of the genre’s top male vocalists, who played the Gorge on Saturday — and the more slickly produced pop-country hitmakers dotting country radio. Some of his greatest strengths are celebrating the seemingly small things in life with a genuine salt-of-the-earth swagger and expanding sentimental life moments into widescreen country ballads while skirting some of the hokier cliches and cloying tropes of this heavily tilled soil.

Combs’ Seattle date was one of only a handful of spring shows and festival slots that saw the country star headlining stadiums for the first time. After facing rejection from labels, publishers and singing competitions early in his career, the 32-year-old’s rise to stardom has been one of country’s feel-good stories and the occasion had the expecting father feeling particularly reflective.

“We’re at the point where I hope our baby don’t pop out while we’re playing this show,” he said before vivid missing-you love song “Houston, We Got a Problem.” Held together with a voice that’s thick and sweet as honey, Combs deployed a string of typical country signifiers (dirty boots, domestic beer) in a way that makes the heartfelt ballad, which zeros in on a hotel moment when his career was starting to take off, feel tangible but not cookie cutter.

For all the stadium singalongs, none were as carefree as a pre-encore romp through the appropriately titled “When it Rains it Pours,” as drenched fans splash-danced in the stands, thrusting their arms to the gray skies on every sailing chorus. Still, it was hard to top the beer-slugging bulldozer of a closer “Beer Never Broke My Heart,” for which Combs slipped on a Steve Largent jersey. (For all the Seahawks gear gracing the stage over the course of the night, however, Combs’ guitarist takes the best local pandering prize with his Emerald City Guitars T-shirt.)

The only real downer of the night was the absence of Zach Bryan, a breakout star with Western Washington ties who was initially slated to perform. The Navy vet once stationed here is taking the country world by storm since being discharged from active-duty service last year, selling out theaters and lighting up some of the premier country festivals. Last month, the singer-songwriter released his ambitious major-label debut, the sprawling double LP “American Heartbreak,” to critical acclaim.

Although COVID-19 forced the Oklahoma native to bow out of the gig a few days earlier, the late addition of Mitchell Tenpenny, who took the stage after opener Morgan Wade, ensured the undercard didn’t lose any muscle. Before Combs, good old-fashioned you-know-what-kicker Cody Johnson hit the stage like a human cannonball, eager to preach the gospel of “real country music” with a high-octane sermon of fiddle-laced heel stompers and “three chords and the truth” balladry.

“If you’re gonna play country music at all, you better have a fiddle in the band,” he professed at one point. Amen to that. Though he’s already a force in his own right, Johnson made more than a few new believers last night.

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Cyndi Lauper bringing 2024 farewell tour to Phoenix. How to get tickets to her concert

Cyndi Lauper is bringing her farewell tour to Footprint Center in downtown Phoenix on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2024.

Produced by Live Nation, the 23-city Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Farewell Tour is Lauper’s first major headlining tour in a decade.

The tour begins on Oct. 18 in Montreal, Quebec, with stops across North America from Lauper’s hometown, New York City, where she’s scheduled to play a show at the iconic Madison Square Garden, to Boston, Nashville, Los Angeles and more before wrapping in Chicago on Dec. 5.

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Throughout the tour, Lauper will be joined by special guests to be revealed at a later date.

How to get tickets to Cyndi Lauper's 2024 Farewell Tour in Phoenix

Tickets will be available starting with an artist presale beginning Tuesday, June 4. Additional presales will run throughout the week ahead of the general on-sale beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, June 7, at .

Fans can also purchase VIP Packages, which may include premium tickets, a guided backstage tour, a pre-show VIP Lounge, an exclusive tour poster and more. For more information, visit .

Cyndi Lauper 2024 Farewell Tour news arrives alongside documentary

The announcement of Lauper’s farewell tour arrives alongside “Let the Canary Sing,” a feature-length documentary exploring her extraordinary life and career.

The documentary will premiere exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S. and Canada on Tuesday, June 4.

Cyndi Lauper to be honored at TCL Chinese Theatre Hollywood

In celebration of the tour and film, Lauper will be honored with an imprint ceremony at the prestigious TCL Chinese Theatre Hollywood on Tuesday, June 4, in Los Angeles.

A special private screening of the film at the TCL Chinese Theatre will follow that evening, along with a Q&A.

Lauper will also be a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! this Wednesday, June 5 (ABC, 11:35 p.m. ET/8:35 p.m. PT), to talk about her farewell tour and “Let the Canary Sing.”

Cyndi Lauper documentary 'Let the Canary Sing' premiered at Tribeca

Directed by Emmy-winning documentarian Alison Ellwood, “Let the Canary Sing” premiered at the 2023 Tribeca Festival. 

Produced by Fine Point Films and Sony Music Entertainment in association with Concord Originals, the film chronicles Lauper’s meteoric ascent to stardom and her profound impact on generations through her music, ever-evolving style, unwavering feminism and tireless advocacy.

The documentary takes the audience on an engaging exploration of a renowned and pioneering artist who has left a remarkable legacy with her art.

Cyndi Lauper's hit songs include 'Time After Time' and 'True Colors'

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, has released a companion product to the documentary of the same name. The “Let the Canary Sing” album is a career-spanning collection that follows Lauper’s career, available now on vinyl and as a digital expanded edition.

Lauper rose to fame in 1983 with "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," the breakthrough single from her iconic debut, "She's So Unusual." Other hits include "Time After Time," "She Bop," "All Through the Night," "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough," "True Colors," "Change of Heart," "What's Going On" and "I Drove All Night."

Lauper is 70 years old. She turns 71 on June 22.

Lauper’s Farewell Tour is directed by Brian Burke and produced and designed in partnership with BrianBurkeCreative and DX7 Design.

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The tour announcement comes shortly before a documentary on Lauper's life and career, 'Let the Canary Sing,' will be released to Paramount+ on June 4

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  • Cyndi Lauper has announced a new tour
  • The Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Farewell Tour is a 23-date string of arena concerts in celebration of her decades-long career
  • The tour will kick off in October 2024 and continue through December 2024

Cyndi Lauper is nearing the end of her touring career — but not before one more big run of shows.

On Monday, June 3, the Grammy winner, 70, announced her massive upcoming Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Farewell Tour, a 23-date string of arena concerts in celebration of her decades-long career. Special guests for the trek will be revealed at a later date.

Lauper's first major headlining tour since 2013, the run kicks off Friday, Oct. 18 at the Bell Centre in Montreal and makes stops in cities including Toronto, Detroit, Boston, New York City, Nashville, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and more before wrapping Thursday, Dec. 5 at the United Center in Chicago.

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Tickets first become available through an artist presale on Tuesday, June 4, with additional presales running throughout the week before the general onsale launches on Friday, June 7 at 10 a.m. local time. More information can be found at Live Nation's website , while VIP packages are also available through VIP Nation .

Lauper previously teased the idea of a farewell tour in an October 2022 interview with PEOPLE. "I might go out on tour one more time — big time — and maybe be the headliner," she said at the time.

Over the past decade, the "True Colors" performer has opened for artists including Rod Stewart ,  Cher  and Blondie. "I've had the privilege of working with a lot of wonderful people, but I gotta see," added Lauper, who noted she'd "like to" tour in celebration of her debut album, She's So Unusual , marking its 40th anniversary in 2023.

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The tour announcement comes shortly before Let the Canary Sing , a new documentary about Lauper's life and career, is released on Paramount+ on June 4.

At the film's Tribeca Festival premiere last year, she opened up to PEOPLE about the inspiration behind her signature hit, "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," originally recorded by Robert Hazard.

"I was trying really hard to make an anthem that would inspire women and open the doors to all women," said Lauper in June 2023. "Not just one group of women, but every little girl could see herself and realize that she too could have a joyful experience in life."

See the full list of Lauper's Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Farewell Tour dates below.

Fri Oct. 18 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre

Sun Oct. 20 - Toronto, ON - Scotiabank Arena

Thu Oct. 24 - Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre

Sat Oct. 26 - Boston, MA - MGM Music Hall at Fenway

Sun Oct. 27 - Washington, D.C. - Capital One Arena

Wed Oct. 30 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden

Fri Nov. 01 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena

Sun Nov. 03 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center

Wed Nov. 06 - Tampa, FL - Amalie Arena

Fri Nov. 08 - Hollywood, FL - Hard Rock Hollywood

Sun Nov. 10 - Atlanta, GA - State Farm Arena

Tue Nov. 12 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center

Thu Nov. 14 - Austin, TX - Moody Center

Sat Nov. 16 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center

Tue Nov. 19 - Phoenix, AZ - Footprint Center

Wed Nov. 20 - San Diego, CA - Viejas Arena

Sat Nov. 23 - Los Angeles, CA - Intuit Dome

Sun Nov. 24 - Palm Desert, CA - Acrisure Arena

Tue Nov. 26 - San Francisco, CA - Chase Center

Sat Nov. 30 - Portland, OR - Moda Center

Sun Dec. 01 - Seattle, WA - Climate Pledge Arena

Wed Dec. 04 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center

Thu Dec. 05 - Chicago, IL - United Center

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Revisiting the women who defined lilith fair’s sound.

Hear songs by Sarah McLachlan, Tracy Chapman, Meredith Brooks and more.

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By Lindsay Zoladz

Dear listeners,

Every once in a while, it’s good to be reminded that Sarah McLachlan is more than just the voice behind that depressing pet commercial that makes me look away from my TV. (You know the one, for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. I’m getting a lump in my throat just thinking about it.) The writer Grayson Haver Currin provided just such a reminder, in an incisive profile of McLachlan published by The New York Times this week.

McLachlan is also, among other things, the leader of a school that provides free musical education to children, an avid surfer (which I learned from the article!) and, of course, one of the founders of Lilith Fair, a highly successful if unjustly stereotyped late-90s concert tour that celebrated female artists.

Lilith Fair came during a period of critical and commercial prosperity for female artists in a number of traditionally male-dominated genres like rock, folk and that wide-ranging radio format called “alternative.” But as often happens when women gain power and visibility in a certain space, it also provoked a backlash. Even as it was raking in millions, Lilith Fair was the butt of many a late-night TV joke. As the critic Rob Sheffield put it in a 2019 oral history of Lilith Fair for Vanity Fair, “Certainly nobody on late-night TV comedy in 1997 felt obligated or encouraged to make jokes about Ozzfest or the Horde tour.”

Lilith Fair wasn’t perfect and is not beyond scrutiny. Most of the performers booked in its first year were white, though the bills in its second and third years became more diverse. And I’m not here to argue that every act who played Lilith Fair has stood the test of time.

Still, many have: Fiona Apple , Tracy Chapman , Sheryl Crow , Indigo Girls , Emmylou Harris … I could go on and on. But instead, I made a playlist.

For brevity’s sake, I limited myself to artists who played on Lilith Fair’s inaugural 1997 tour. That still gave me plenty of great songs to choose from, as you’ll hear. I’ve included some obvious choices (did you really think I would leave off a certain karaoke classic by Meredith Brooks ?) and some deeper cuts you may have forgotten about (that Tracy Bonham song still rips). Although an attempt to revive the tour in 2010 didn’t quite work, I do hear the influence of Lilith Fair artists in this current generation of pop stars like Olivia Rodrigo , Billie Eilish , Haim and, yes, even Taylor Swift , which means it’s an especially interesting time to look back at the artists who defined the so-called Lilith Fair sound.

If some of these songs are new to you, great. And if you were among the people who dismissed Lilith Fair artists back in the ’90s, I encourage you to revisit these songs with open ears. I bet some of them are a lot better, weirder and more biting than you remember.

I bought you that ring ’cause I never was cool,

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1. sarah mclachlan: “building a mystery”.

Though music of Lilith Fair has an unfair reputation for being soft and maudlin, this hit from Sarah McLachlan’s 1997 album “Surfacing” — released the same month that Lilith Fair began — is a razor-sharp portrait of a man who wears his eccentricities on his sleeve. “You wear sandals in the snow and a smile that won’t wash away,” she sings in that chiming tone. “Can you look out the window without your shadow getting in the way?” ▶ Listen on Spotify , Apple Music or YouTube

2. Fiona Apple: “Sleep to Dream”

Percussion rumbles like trembling earth at the beginning of this opening track from Fiona Apple’s 1996 debut album “Tidal,” setting the stage for the introduction of a major talent. “This mind, this body and this voice cannot be stifled by your deviant ways,” she proclaims, her words unfurling in a jazzy cadence. “So don’t forget what I told you, don’t come around, I’ve got my own hell to raise.” Did she ever.

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3. Tracy Bonham: “Mother Mother”

Tracy Bonham phones home and tells her mother a cathartically screamed lie — “Everything’s fine!” — on this alt-rock gem that effectively captures the anxieties of early adulthood. Its success is also a stark reminder of how few female voices broke through in the years after Lilith Fair: When it hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart (later renamed Alternative Songs), it would be the last song by a female solo artist to top that chart for 17 years , until Lorde’s “Royals” did in 2013.

4. The Cardigans: “Lovefool”

This bubbly 1996 hit by the Cardigans was unavoidable, and impossible to get out of your head, in the late ’90s. Though the frontwoman Nina Persson was the group’s sole female member, the Swedish pop-rock band was among the headliners of the first Lilith Fair.

5. Tracy Chapman: “Give Me One Reason”

Tracy Chapman — who made a memorable appearance at this year’s Grammys — was another of the first year’s headliners. Luke Combs’s recent cover brought a new generation of fans to Chapman’s 1988 hit “Fast Car”; now who’s going to tackle this bluesy rocker from her 1995 album “New Beginning”?

6. Emmylou Harris: “Wrecking Ball”

Lilith Fair wasn’t all ’90s superstars. It was an intergenerational space where younger performers could meet and share the stage with elder stateswomen like the great Emmylou Harris, who had recently released her pivotal 1995 album “Wrecking Ball.”

7. Sheryl Crow: “Hard to Make a Stand”

Sheryl Crow was still riding high on the success of her 1996 self-titled album when she headlined the first Lilith Fair the next summer. You already know some of that album’s biggest hits , so instead revisit its underrated third single, a mid-tempo rocker that generated some controversy for a verse that boldly depicts a woman getting shot outside an abortion clinic.

8 Indigo Girls: “Least Complicated”

Between their prominent appearance on the “Barbie” soundtrack and a recent documentary that celebrates their legacy, the Indigo Girls are having a moment. If you’re burned out on “Closer to Fine,” though, check out this poignant tale of fumbled romance from the duo’s 1994 album “Swamp Ophelia.” There’s nothing quite like the harmonies of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers.

9. Meredith Brooks: “Bitch”

And finally, Meredith Brooks’s incendiary anthem was ubiquitous in the summer of ’97, and it remains a sonic time capsule of a particular moment. But its proudly contradictory chorus also embodies the very spirit of Lilith Fair, a tour defined by a plurality of female voices, refusing to be boxed in. These artists could wreak hell, inspire dreams and everything in between.

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“Revisiting the Women Who Defined Lilith Fair’s Sound” track list Track 1: Sarah McLachlan, “Building a Mystery” Track 2: Fiona Apple, “Sleep to Dream” Track 3: Tracy Bonham, “Mother Mother” Track 4: The Cardigans, “Lovefool” Track 5: Tracy Chapman, “Give Me One Reason” Track 6: Emmylou Harris, “Wrecking Ball” Track 7: Sheryl Crow, “Hard to Make a Stand” Track 8: Indigo Girls, “Least Complicated” Track 9: Meredith Brooks, “Bitch”

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