Tim McGraw, Luke Bryan and the Band Perry Bring ‘Emotional Traffic’ to SiriusXM Concert in New York
"Let's give a big ol' New York City 'yeehaw!' for all those listening," Luke Bryan said last night, hyping a full house of country fans for a night of music at New York's historic Beacon Theater. Bryan, along with the Band Perry, entertained the crowd in anticipation of the main act of the night: Tim McGraw.
McGraw, who headlined the show -- a special invitation-only event for SiriusXM subscribers that played live on air, in celebration of 10 years of the company broadcasting country music -- could've showed up and played five songs and his adoring fans would've been thrilled. But he treated this one-off event, which took place at an intimate, less than 3,000-capacity venue and was free to its attendees, like it was an official Emotional Traffic arena tour stop. The country idol rocked the stage for nearly two hours straight, pausing only to introduce a song or two, or to leave the stage for the moments before the encore.
As expected, McGraw gave his fans all the favorites they'd expect to hear, from 1995's No. 1 song 'I Like It, I Love It' to his latest hit, 'Felt Good on My Lips.' A memorable performance of the evening came early on during his set, when he crooned his cover of Ryan Adams' classic ballad 'When the Stars Go Blue.'
Not to disappoint those curious of the direction of his long-anticipated next studio album, though, McGraw sang a brand-new, incredibly catchy tune titled 'Right Back at Ya,' which he's reportedly been playing in a handful of cities during this tour. While the lyric of the chorus -- "Right back at ya, babe / Right back at ya, babe, just like a boomerang" -- doesn't sound all that compelling when you look at it on paper, its melody brings it to an anthem-ready level, and it's sure to be a hit as his tour rolls across America this summer.
The Band Perry opened the show with a set highlighted by hits 'If I Die Young' and 'You Lie,' while Luke Bryan got to shakin' with new single 'Country Girl (Shake It for Me)' and previous singles like 'Someone Else Calling You Baby,' 'Rain Is a Good Thing' and 'Do I' before McGraw closed the evening.
The concert was broadcast live, and SiriusXM also plans to air several future dates of the Emotional Traffic Tour.