This would be the second time that the reigning Academy of Country Music Female Vocalist of the Year, Miranda Lambert would pair up with country crooner, the gruff and raspy Dierks Bentley on the Locked and Reloaded Tour. The two returned to St. Paul Minnesota at the Xcel Energy Center to a reception of 13,000 fans, and they were absolutely energized to see the show.
Something that was quite surprising is that Dierks Bentley just had a newborn son born a few nights before, and was in the hospital with his wife, and somehow he managed to continue finishing the last two tour dates. Bentley gushed to the crowd about his son, but commented that this is the party he wanted to be at. His set was nothing too elaborate performing a little over 60 minutes, Bentley had a big screen with graphics for his songs, such as the toe tapping ‘5-1-5-0’, ‘What Was I Thinking,’ ‘Come a Little Closer,’ his voice was strong and fresh, at times it seemed he may have over sung a bit, but that could be for a variety of reasons, he was elated about his newborn son, or he was energized from the crowd, one thing is for sure he did not stand in one place on the stage for too long, which made his performance all the more exciting.
At one point, he even remarked that there were no bras on stage yet, which was a very interesting thing to say. A key moment of his set had to be when he did ‘Home’ and he had everyone take out their cell phones and it was incredible; it looked as though the arena was the ocean with a million lights.
Miranda Lambert was as feisty as ever, as she walked on stage, she ripped through all her hits, including some homage to local celebrities, Minnesota Wild, Vikings, Twins and even acknowledging the states’ most famous musician, Prince; during ‘Famous in a Small Town.’ Lambert had some tender moments as well, in which she really shined particularly in ‘Over You,’ and told the crowd before ‘All Kinds of Kinds’ that she’s just a country girl who wanted to sing and play the guitar, and no matter what happens with her career she’ll always be just that, and she said she’s no different than the crowd she still loves shopping at Target too. Don’t let that fool you; she’s still as bad as ever with ‘Fastest in Town,’ and ‘Gunpowder and Lead.’
The St. Paul stop would be the second to the last show, so it was easily to see that she was winding down, but not too much, as her energy and ability to engage the audience was not affected one bit. The crowd seemed to have a great time, as you could hear through the hallways and parking lot of the Xcel Energy Center people talking about Lambert and Bentley, and that they can’t wait to see them again.