For the first time in their record-breaking career, MULTI-PLATINUM superstar duo Florida Georgia Line headlined a trifecta of SOLD-OUT stadium shows this summer, culminating with a pinnacle performance at Chicago’s historic Wrigley Field Saturday night (8/12). (All photos in this article by Nick Swift)
After dominating both Boston’s Fenway Park (7/7) and Minneapolis’ Target Field (7/29), the home of the Chicago Cubs’ baseball team was jam-packed with rabid fans. As part of FGL’s genre-smashing THE SMOOTH STADIUM TOUR 2017, Hip-Hop icon Nelly and breakout Country star Chris Lane got the ultimate party started alongside Pop idols Backstreet Boys before the duo rounded out the night.
First-rate reviews of the stadium stops have been flooding in since kickoff:
“As FGL has since proven – and showed proudly on Friday night [July 7] at Fenway Park – their version of country welcomes all comers.” – The Boston Globe
“…the guys behind Florida Georgia Line, are not only following that tradition, they’re pushing things even further, blurring genre boundaries and creating new ones in the process.” – Pioneer Press
“…the right amount party songs, heart-tugging ballads, spectacle, energy, sweat and collaborations.” – Minneapolis Star Tribune
Sliding through hit after hit, FGL took their live show to another level, introducing bass-bumping uncut tracks – aka “FGL Underground Party Jams” – “Turnt” and “Swerve.” Full of good vibes, the stacked audience also enjoyed a sweet moment as Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard surprised their wives with roses onstage that lead into an impromptu sing-along of their 3X PLATINUM-certified #1 smash “H.O.L.Y.”
“We both decided that when we got married, we’d be different husbands in this industry and we just have to prove that by our actions day by day,” admitted Kelley. “We love y’all so much – thank you for being the best wives ever.”
Hubbard added, “Chicago, give it up for them one time. These are the ladies behind the men – they make it happen, I promise y’all.”
Their standout show-stopping set not only proved FGL as undeniable top-shelf entertainers backed by exceptional supporting acts, but also displayed the genuine friendship they’ve made with their CMT Crossroads (airing August 30 at 10 p.m. ET.) partners Backstreet Boys.
“This is starting to feel like one big ‘ol happy family reunion on a Saturday night,” Hubbard shared about Backstreet Boys, after joining together for heart-melting ballad “God, Your Mama, And Me.” The PLATINUM-certified tune signals FGL’s 13th career #1 and the first time Backstreet Boys have contributed to a Country chart-topping single. Massive fireworks and flamethrowers fueled the high-wired encore medley as FGL teamed up with their special guests for Backstreet Boys’ iconic “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” and the DIAMOND-certified “Cruise” with Nelly, who returned to the stage after pumping up the already high-octane atmosphere with “Hot in Herre.”
THE SMOOTH TOUR 2017 continues with its explosive lineup through the fall, capping with a two-night stand at the Verizon Amphitheater in Alpharetta, Georgia, on October 20 and 21. The Tulsa World regarded, “Country has never looked so different or so hip,” with Hip-Hop superstar Nelly and “For Her” singer Chris Lane, plus talented newcomers Russell Dickerson, Ryan Hurd, and Morgan Wallen on select dates. The coast-to-coast concerts are sponsored by Advance Auto Parts and presented by Old Camp Whiskey. Live Nation is the official tour promoter.
FGL will appear across back-to-back television appearances, performing their new single “Smooth” Wednesday (8/16) on both ABC’s CMA FEST: THE MUSICAL EVENT OF THE SUMMER (8 p.m. ET) and NBC’s LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS (12:35 a.m. ET). The high-profile pair will also join host Meyers for a desk-side chat.
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