Luke Combs takes Denver by storm with a sold-out show
- Reigning CMA Host of the Year Luke Combs kicks off his “Stadium Series” in Denver.
- Combs performed in front of over 50,000 fans inside Empower Field at Mile High.
- A rising trio of performers – Morgan Wade, Zach Bryan and Cody Johnson – opened the show.
DENVER, Colo. – Luke Combs climbed to the top of country music mountain – embracing the view with an ear-to-ear smile and a drink in hand.
Combs performed Saturday to a sold-out crowd of about 53,000 inside Empower Field at Mile High, the first NFL stadium to be led by the “Forever After All” singer since he took over. took country music by storm five years ago with his remarkable rise from Nashville underdog to reigning CMA. Artist of the year.
And, as he soaked up the chilling sight at 5,280 feet a day after snow-covered seats inside the stadium, Combs admitted he “never, ever, ever, ever thought in a million years” that it would happen to him.
“Today [is] the most surreal thing that has ever happened to me. It’s really hard to imagine or even process in my head what’s really going on right now. [It’s] crazy for me,” Combs said from the imposing Mile High stage.
He added: “Seven years ago I had never been on a plane…I had never lived more than an hour and a half from my parents. And here I am, three-quarters across the United States United States with 53,000 people in a football stadium, playing songs that I wrote in my living room with my friends.”
But as he took center stage for the two-hour show, Combs proved why he and his growing collection of hits sound better with a stadium-sized crowd singing along. The 32-year-old North Carolina native and his seven-piece band sang the songs that brought him there: “Hurricane,” “She Got The Best Of Me,” “Beautiful, Crazy,” “Cold As You”, his last #1 country radio “Doin’ This”…and the list goes on.
He pulled a beer as he drank ‘1, 2 Many’, dedicated ‘Forever After All’ to his pregnant wife and cheered on the dreamers seated two rows down from the top of the stadium – as he once did at 21 years old. at the Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw concert – before delivering “What Memories Are Made Of”.
And Combs didn’t skimp on opening talent for his Mile High debut.
Country music fans might not find a better roster of artists rising to a one-night stand this year: Morgan Wade, a newcomer trained to sing truthful anthems with her unvarnished drawl; Zach Bryan, a troubadour and Navy veteran who emerged from DIY roots to release a mammoth 34-song debut album this week on a major label considered one of this season’s most anticipated; and Cody Johnson, a neo-traditional Texan who is dominating country radio this year.
“Mile High, I’ll be honest, it’s the biggest crowd I’ve ever played for,” Bryan said as he opened a big boy Budweiser. “It means the world.”
After performing covers of Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson, Combs decided to close his set with the title song “When It Rains It Pours” before returning for an encore of three songs: “Better Together”, the cover of David Lee Murphy “Dust On The Bottle” featuring Johnson. and crowd favorite “Beer Never Broke My Heart”.
Tossing his red mug into the audience, he once again soaked in the sight before intoning a beefy chant of “Long. Neck. Ice. Cold. Beer.”
“Denver, did we have fun tonight?” Combs said, closing his show. “I love you all. I owe my whole life to each and every one of you here.”
Luke Combs in the Denver setlist
- Do this
- cold like you
- 1, 2 Many
- I never had to meet you
- the other guy
- She got the best of me
- Houston, we got a problem
- One number
- My Kind Folk
- What are memories made of?
- beautiful, crazy
- Even if I leave
- This one is for you
- refrigerator door
- Two Dozen Roses (Shenandoah cover)/Chattahoochee (Alan Jackson cover)/Ain’t Goin’ Down (Until the Sun Rises) (Garth Brooks cover)
- I like you
- Brand New Man (Brooks & Dunn cover)
- Blue collar boys
- Is for me
- Forever after all
- When it rains, it pours
- better together
- Dust On The Bottle (David Lee Murphy cover featuring Cody Johnson)
- Beer never broke my heart