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Rascal Flatts At Jones Beach, Thursday, September 1st, 2016, Reviewed

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The rainy and gloomy skies cleared to let loose a pink sky across Jones Beach,  to welcome all the cowboy boots and big hats to Long Island last night.

I heard the first opening act Chris Lane from the parking lot, as most onlookers did.  The seats seems to be empty at 7:15pm as all the tailgaters tailgated…..but I will say when Kelsea Ballerini took the stage, she commanded the audience and put on a 40 minute set which was upbeat, refreshing and full of talent.  She sang her hit song “Peter Pan” and about 6 other songs about loving someone, breaking someone’s heart or having hers broken. She will be an artist to watch for sure!

 Rascal took the stage and put on a decent show. Their approx. 17 song set list felt very rushed as they sang one song into the next.  There wasn’t a helluv too much talking in b/t songs or too much interaction w/ the crowd.  4 out of those 17 songs were random covers – Open Arms by Journey, Purple Rain from Prince, etc…..and while I love me a little Prince….I came to hear my Country. Sadly as the band joked about this very topic- the crowd went crazy to hear the opening chords of these cover songs……even louder than they cheered for Rascall’s own songs. 

The concert felt like it was missing an element.  Perhaps there wasn’t that 1 or 2 BIG SONGS that makes the crowd go wild.  It was all a bunch of mediocre songs strung together.  There was no originality to the night based on reviews I had read from other cities, it was just the same.  There weren’t any surprises or any moment of the night that would be unique to New York. 

Gary and the crowd looked a bit swollen and weathered. Going to give this show a C + / B –

With all their ballads and heart pulling songs, I think they could have made this show more personal and meaningful with a few extra tweaks.

 

Set List:

 SUMMER NIGHT

I LIKE THE SOUND OF THAT

BANJO

COME WAKE ME UP / I MELT / I WONT LET GO

LIFE IS A HIGHWAY

WHY WAIT

STAND

BLESS THE BROKEN ROAD

REWIND

FAST CARS

PURPLE RAIN – COVER

LOVE YOU OUT LOUD

MY WISH

TAKE ME THERE

WHAT HURTS THE MOST

HERES TO YOU

 

ENCORE

 ME AND MY GANG

 

 

 

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