Thomas Rhett Triumphs at Massive New Jersey Headlining Show [Pictures]
Thomas Rhett headlined one of the biggest concerts of his career so far on June 3, and Taste of Country was on hand to shoot some exclusive pictures.
Rhett was definitely the star of the show at BB&T Pavilion in Camden, N.J., at the 33rd annual 92.5 XTU Anniversary Show, heading up an all-star lineup featuring Dan + Shay, Granger Smith, Trent Harmon and Dylan Scott.
Scott and Harmon got the evening to a scorching start with early sets. Smith and his alter-ego Earl Dibbles, Jr., hit the stage soon after, spreading the word of Smith's Yee Yee Nation to fans up North. Smith played crowd pleasers "Tonight," "Remington," and "If The Boot Fits," before returning to the stage as his redneck character. Earl, with a mouth full of dip, overalls and his usual feisty attitude, turned the dial to 11 with a cover of Garth Brooks' "Ain't Going Down 'Til The Sun Comes Up," and "Backroad Song."
Dan + Shay fired things up more when they launched their set with "All Nighter," following with a set list that included "Nothin' Like You" and "Show You Off." Shay Mooney displayed his vocal talents with covers of Bon Jovi's "You Give Love A Bad Name," and Rascal Flatts' "I Like The Sound of That."
Rhett's headlining set kicked off with "Crash & Burn." The star paid tribute to his dad, Rhett Akins, with an acoustic medley of "That Ain't My Truck" that encompassed "Huntin', Fishin' and Lovin' Every Day," "Round Here," "Dirt on My Boots," "Think a Little Less" and "Parking Lot Party," all of which Rhett co-wrote. The country music prodigy also showed some home videos of himself as a tyke, demonstrating his musical gift and abilities at a young age.
The 27-year-old was as charismatic as he was physical onstage, whether locking in with his backing band for some loosely coordinated routines, doing the splits or going half-speed Ronald Isley. "Star of the Show," "Vacation," "Die A Happy Man" and "T-Shirt" were just some of the many hits he played, and as he often does, he closed the show with Bruno Mars' "24K Magic," thanking the crowd for "one of the biggest headlining shows of my career."
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