Thomas Rhett brings Home Team Tour 2023 to UBS Arena: review
He definitely didn’t “Crash and Burn.”
Thomas Rhett brought his electrifying Home Team Tour to UBS Arena in Elmont, NY, for a sold-out concert on Saturday night.
After the opening acts by Nate Smith and Cole Swindell, Rhett took the stage at 9:30 p.m. sitting behind a drum kit, where he delivered an impressive solo wearing a custom “Belmont Park” bomber jacket. He kicked off the night with his popular summer anthem “Vacation,” released in 2016.
The crowd was immediately captivated by the 33-year-old Grammy-nominated country singer, and it didn’t take long for him to acknowledge their enthusiasm.
“Y’all bring me so much joy and make me smile,” he expressed, recognizing that it was the loudest audience he had ever performed for in his decade-long career.
For the next 80 minutes, Rhett delivered an energetic performance, entertaining the audience with a collection of his greatest hits. The setlist included crowd favorites like “Beer Can’t Fix” from 2020, “Unforgettable” from 2017, and “T-Shirt” from 2016. Thanks to the state-of-the-art sound system in the new venue, the live renditions of these songs sounded as flawless as the album versions.
Despite the high-quality sound, the fans managed to overpower the main act at times as they passionately sang along to Rhett’s beloved ballads “Marry Me” and “Die a Happy Man.”
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The show was filled with personal touches, most notably a montage of home videos featuring Rhett, his wife Lauren Akins, and their four daughters. This heartwarming video played before Rhett’s performance of “Life Changes,” his 2018 single that reflects on the journey of growing up and starting a family.
It was evident that the founder of Dos Primos Tequila was thoroughly enjoying himself as he energetically moved from one end of the stage to the other during his set.
However, the most exciting and unexpected part of the concert came when Rhett treated the Long Island audience to a medley of iconic songs spanning seven decades. He showcased his versatility by performing snippets of “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley (1950s), “I Got You (I Feel Good)” by James Brown (1960s), “Beast of Burden” by The Rolling Stones (1970s), “Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield (1980s), “3AM” by Matchbox Twenty (1990s), “The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World (2000s), and “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon (2010s).
Rhett has often mentioned Bruno Mars as one of his biggest musical inspirations. With his electrifying Home Team Tour, Rhett may just be the closest thing to experiencing the magic of Bruno Mars until the “24K Magic” crooner hits the road again.
He definitely didn’t “Crash and Burn.”
Thomas Rhett brought his electric Home Team Tour to UBS Arena in Elmont, NY, for a sold-out concert Saturday night.
After opening acts Nate Smith and Cole Swindell warmed up the crowd, Rhett rose onstage at 9:30 p.m. behind a drum kit, on which he played a killer solo in a custom “Belmont Park” bomber jacket before launching into his 2016 summer anthem “Vacation.”
Fans were enamored with the Grammy-nominated country singer, 33, from the jump, and it didn’t take long for him to notice.
“Y’all make me smile. You bring me so much joy,” he said, noting that it was the loudest audience of his 10-year career thus far.
For the next 80 minutes, Rhett ran through a dozen and a half of his biggest hits including 2020’s “Beer Can’t Fix,” 2017’s “Unforgettable” and 2016’s “T-Shirt,” all of which sounded as crisp as the album versions thanks to the new venue’s state-of-the-art sound system.
And yet, concertgoers still managed to drown out the man of the hour at times while belting the lyrics to his beloved ballads “Marry Me” and “Die a Happy Man.”
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The show was full of personal touches, most notably a montage of home videos featuring Rhett, his wife, Lauren Akins, and their four daughters that played before his performance of “Life Changes,” his 2018 single about growing up and starting a family.
It was clear the Dos Primos Tequila founder was having the time of his life as he bounced from one end of the stage to the other throughout his set.
But the most fun — and unexpected — portion of the pyro-packed concert came when Rhett schooled Long Island on seven decades of music by singing a medley of Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog” (1950s), James Brown’s “I Got You (I Feel Good)” (1960s), The Rolling Stones’ “Beast of Burden” (1970s), Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl” (1980s), Matchbox Twenty’s “3AM” (1990s), Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle” (2000s) and Walk the Moon’s “Shut Up and Dance” (2010s).
Rhett has long cited Bruno Mars as one of his biggest musical inspirations, and until the “24K Magic” crooner hits the road again, his rousing Home Team Tour just may be the next best thing.