7 Greatest Moments From WE Fest 2015
You know it's been a pretty great weekend when a collaboration between two country A-listers barely makes the list of the greatest moments from WE Fest 2015. Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert came together to sing a Tracy Lawrence song, and while it was special, other highlights from both artists' sets topped it.
The 33rd-annual WE Fest began on Thursday, Aug. 6, with sets from Hank Williams Jr, Rascal Flatts and more. Friday included high-octane shows from Tyler Farr, Bentley and Lambert, while Saturday's headliners were Jake Owen and Blake Shelton. Tens of thousands of fans enjoyed hundreds of songs, including a few dozen covers, on one big lakeside stage in scenic Minnesota. Here are the moments to relive again and again.
7. Dierks Joins Miranda on "Texas Tornado"
Miranda Lambert is a Texas tornado, so this cover choice was appropriate. The crowd was delighted when Bentley came back to the stage after his set to sing with Lambert, who headlined the evening, and together, they serenaded a relatively quiet, tuned-in WE Fest crowd. Honestly, how often do you get to witness duet moments like this?!
6. Dierks Bentley's Encore
Bentley 'opened' for Miranda Lambert on Friday night, and he made it tough for her. His set was electric, ending with a two-song encore. After singing "What Was I Thinkin'," he closed with "Drunk on a Plane." As the lights went black, he collapsed to the stage floor.
5. Big & Rich Honor a Vietnam Veteran
Before singing "8th of November," Big & Rich brought veterans of the American military onstage, including a man who'd served on front lines in Vietnam over 40 years ago. They gave him the microphone, and after a few short words, he got choked up by the gratitude being shown by the WE Fest audience.
4. Eric Church Announced to Play WE Fest 2016
The "Springsteen" singer was revealed as a 2016 headliner, and the crowd went nuts. How nuts? Watch for yourself. Tickets to WE Fest 2016 are already on sale right here.
3. Miranda Lambert Sings "Kerosene"
Lambert admitted to being nervous early during her first major stage show since her divorce from Blake Shelton. It showed for two songs, but when she started to sing "Kerosene," all the emotions came pouring out of her, and it was fantastic. Before the final verse, she paused to say it was her favorite: “Now I don’t hate the one who left / You can’t hate someone who’s dead / He’s out there holding on to someone, I’m holding up my smoking gun,” she sang. And she never slowed down from there.
2. Jake Owen Improvises
Jake Owen's Saturday night (Aug. 9) set at WE Fest was imperfect and wonderful. When the sound blew, he returned with just an acoustic guitar to sing three more songs. "The Dance" by Garth Brooks was the highlight, and it was then Owen addressed his divorce from wife Lacey with honesty and sincerity rarely seen from celebrities. To say the crowd appreciated it would be an understatement.
1. Blake Shelton Plays His Final Show of 2015, Kills It
Shelton is a Hollywood celebrity these days, and duty calls back on the set of NBC's The Voice, so the superstar wanted to go out with a bang. Telling the crowd his WE Fest 2015 performance was his last country concert of the year, the "Austin" hitmaker promised the long version of his show, and then proceeded to play for two solid, epic hours. A lot of great talent preceded the final set of WE Fest 2015, and Shelton didn't let fans down in wrapping it up in a bow.
"Hey now girl, hop inside, me and you gonna take a little ride to the river ... Let's ride," Blake Shelton sang at #WEFest2015
Posted by Taste of Country on Saturday, August 8, 2015
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