While the heat is nothing new for St. Louis it is hard to explain why the crowd seemed lethargic at times.
It certainly wasn’t for a lack of effort form Bentley or Lambert as they stormed through two great sets.
Bentley came out, after openers Brett Eldridge and Cadillac Three got things started, with high energy performances of “Am I the Only One”, “Free and Easy” and “5-1-5-0”.
Bentley’s set was packed with electric performances and running around (literally) to all corners of the stage, slapping hands with fans, taking control of a video camera, and coming a few inches shy of smashing his guitar onstage like he was Pete Townsend.
He interacted with fans down front, bringing a girl up to sit with him as he sang “What Was I Thinkin’”, inviting girls to get up on their boyfriends’ shoulders (though few did), and even autographed a guitar and gave it away.
One particularly funny moment came during “How Am I Doin’” when he asked a girl next to the stage extension what her name was and all she could muster was a scream. He laughed, said “Time to go” and laughed through the next two verses.
Bentley’s voice was as strong as ever and his band was tight, especially on “Up on the Ridge”.
Bentley reminisced about watching at show at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater when he was 13 seeing Skid Row and Bon Jovi while sitting in the lawn, one of many memories Bentley has mentioned about the Gateway City in his previous shows here.
Miranda Lambert followed up with a hot set of her own.
Lambert came storming out to “Fastest Girl in Town” and “Only Prettier” with her trademark pink microphone along for the ride.
Lambert’s 19 song set featured rockin’ tunes like“Kerosene” and “Gunpowder and Lead”, but also featured beautiful ballads like “Dead Flowers” and the chilling “Over You”.
The beautiful reminiscing of “The House That Built Me” resonated with many fans as did “White Liar”.
Her beautiful voice equaled her pretty looks and was stellar in every aspect.
She was not as active as Bentley in jumping around the stage, but that has never been her style. That doesn’t mean she can’t rock with the best of them, she proved that on more than one song, especially on “Mama’s Broken Heart”.
But no matter what Lambert or Bentley did the crowd seemed lukewarm at best. Sure there were pockets of rabid fans, but for the most part the audience was more laid back than they should have been. That’s too bad, since they missed a great show.
Dierks Bentley setlist:
1) Am I The Only One
2) Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)
4) Every Mile a Memory
5) Got a Lot of Leavin’ Left to Do
6) Come a Little Closer
7) Feel That Fire
8) Tip it on Back
9) Up on the Ridge
10) I Hold On
11) How Am I Doin’
12) What Was I Thinkin’
Miranda Lambert setlist:
1) Fastest Girl in Town
2) Only Prettier
3) That’s the Way the World Goes ‘Round
4) Heart Like Mine
5) New Strings
6) Baggage Claim
7) Fire Down Below (Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band cover)
8) Over You
9) Me and Charlie Talking
10) Dead Flowers
11) Mama’s Broken Heart
12) Famous in a Small Town
13) Get Back (The Beatles cover)
15) All Kinds of Kinds
16) The House That Built Me
17) Gunpowder and Lead
18) White Liar
19) King of the Road (Roger Miller cover)