Florida Georgia Line Dig Their Roots in Newark [Pictures]
Lane opened up the show, amping up the energy for all the single party people in the crowd. Lane performed some of own songs, including “Let Me Love You,” and “Her Own Kind of Beautiful,” “Fix” and “Girl Problems.” He also included a large selection of pop songs from The Weeknd, Backstreet Boys, Justin Timberlake, Jason Derulo, NSYNC, Silent and Flo Rida to break down a few barriers with some pop-culture as he does best.
Lynch took the stage starting above a large drum riser. The small town boy came out seeing red and brought even more excitement to the evening with an explosive “Hell of a Night.” After playing “Mind Reader,” “Name on It,” and “Seein’ Red,” Lynch slowed things down with his new song “Love Me or Leave Me Alone.” Asking for a little help, Lynch was able to record the crowd from each city of the tour to sing the chorus to “Cowboys & Angels,” which he dedicated to his grandparents for their 62nd wedding anniversary, and they were more than willing to participate.
Adding more fun to his part of the show, the 31-year-old played a medley of 80’s classics of Joe Walsh, Aerosmith, ZZ Top, AC/DC and Def Leppard to rock the night even harder before closing out with “Where It’s At.”
Things then just started to heat up for FGL, and not just from the massive display of pyro on the stage. With the very fitting opening of “This is How We Roll,” Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard took the stage on platforms descending from the rafters to enter the biggest party of the night. Followed by “It’z Just What We Do,” “Round Here” and “Anything Goes,” pretty much anything did go down during FGL’s set, which included a salute to their idol Tim McGraw with “May We All” along with many more songs.
The duo dug their roots even deeper into the show, as well as the hearts of the crowd at the sold-out arena. During a brief transition, the boys displayed video clips of their roots as a band from their early days before making it big.
“The story of how we got here is laced with the telling of good times, hard times, struggles and celebrations that have all culminated to this tour,” they said, remembering the days when they could not afford a van to travel in. Today they feel on top of the world.
“We don’t ever want to lose that feeling of thankfulness, it’s that feeling of knowing what it was like to struggle that make us feel thankful for the fans in the front row to the party people in the back.”
FGL then entered the second stage in the back of the room for an intimate acoustic set surrounded by fans and backed by a fire pit, playing guitar and enjoying a few drinks to some songs by the campfire.
Bringing the party back to the main stage, things got fired up again when Lynch and Lane came back out to join the headliners for “Sun Daze” and “Get Your Shine On.”
Before the end of the show, Hubbard and Kelly came back for one last ride for their party people with an eclectic multitude of snippets from Toby Keith, Nelly, Papa Roach, Backstreet Boys, Montell Jordan and House of Pain and finally ending with “Cruise.”
Take a look at all of the action in the gallery above.
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