Rain or no rain, country fans from all over the Carolinas flocked the Bank of America Stadium this past Sunday (June 24) to see the biggest show of their lives. Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney, along with openers Jake Owen and Grace Potter, gave a hard-hitting show no one will soon forget. It was a seven-hour sing-along that never stopped once.
This was also the first concert held at Bank of America Stadium since The Rolling Stones played in 1997 during their Bridges to Babylon Tour. (Home to the Carolina Panthers, the stadium will also be the final night venue for the coming Democratic National Convention this September.)
Jake Owen graced the stage first, and not only to a roar from the crowds but from the skies as well. Rain flooded the stage, but Jake didn’t falter once.
Thankfully, the skies cleared for Grace Potter, who had a lively set playing a slew of instruments from tambourine, piano, and drums while singing her heart out to a growing fan base. Everyone seemed pleased with her performance, even chiming in during her big hit, “Paris (Ooh La La).”
Tim McGraw hit the stage singing his big hits, though they were hard to hear over the loud singing from the audience. But the screams really came when American Idol winner and Garner, North Carolina local Scotty McCreery hit the stage to help Tim sing a verse of “I Like It, I Love It.” The crowd obviously liked it and loved it, erupting into a chant of “Scotty!” after he left the stage.
McGraw apparently thought it was “lots of fun” having Scotty up on stage as well:
At the end of the night, Kenny Chesney started off his performance by flying over the crowd in a harness straight to the massive Corona stage. The roar from the ladies was intense as the harness accented his tight jeans and cut-off shirt. He performed all of his major hits, including his latest, “Come Over,” before welcoming McGraw back for another 30-minute set of duets.
Overall, the rain may have kept the ground wet, but everyone’s spirits were sky-high during the massive show.
The Brothers of the Sun tour continues with dates across the U.S. this summer.
-Jodi Phillips / The New 103.7 with additional reporting from Brittney Cason and Will Johnson