A series of sold-out shows kick off Chris Young’s 2018 tour and Grand Rapids does not disappoint as they follow with a thunderous welcome. 

For the second consecutive weekend, Chris Young is playing to sold-out arenas as he embarks on an 18 city winter segment to his 2018 Losing Sleep World Tour.  The Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI is the fifth stop along the journey.  On this run of shows, Chris is joined by Sony Music Nashville labelmates Kane Brown and LANCO.

LANCO opens the night’s show with a high energy performance to get the crowd in the mood.  Lead vocalist Brandon Lancaster marches back and forth across the stage as he sings and dances throughout their set.  Excited for releasing their debut album Hallelujah Nights earlier in the day, LANCO sings songs from the new album including their #1 debut hit “Greatest Love Story” and their current single “Born To Love You.”

With a new stage arrangement and laser light show, Kane Brown takes the stage next.  Kane opens his show singing about his “Hometown” before performing his #1 hit “Used To Love You Sober.”  “There Goes My Everything” is the first song Kane has written with his labelmate Chris Young, while his current single “Heaven” is where he feels he is being now on tour with him.   

Fighting obstacles with racism, abuse, and poverty during his childhood doesn’t stop Kane from pushing forward as shown in his song “Learning” where he speaks of “letting it go.”  During the song, Kane jumps down off stage and walks the aisles of the floor shaking hands with the crowd.

Kane wraps up his set with his current single “What Ifs,” a duet Kane sings with fellow high school alumnus Lauren Alaina.  With Lauren not present, Kane has assistance from the crowd to help fill in for her.

With total darkness across the arena, the music begins as Chris appears as a silhouette from a soft backlight rising from up above.  With his microphone in hand, he begins with “Losing Sleep,” the title track to his current studio album and tour.  The crowd quickly arises and sings along with Chris and the band as they roll into “Getting You Home.”

Chris isn’t going to play a whole lot of new music as he is going to stick to the hits from his seven studio albums that his fans have paid to see and hear.  However, he does add two new songs “Hanging On” and “Where I Go When I Drink” along with a song “Whiskey To Stone” that he loves that was written by some friends of his that he performs as a solo acoustic during a band break.   

Throughout the evening, Chris has to take a step back with amazement as he is totally taken in by the volume of the crowd inside the arena.  With reports of volume levels from the crowd reaching up and above the 115-decibel level, Chris continuously thanks the crowd for their support as he claims that the Van Andel Arena is the largest sold-out arena he has headlined to date. 

A big hit on country radio “Who I Am With You” gave Chris a chance to sing at his best friend’s wedding and is performed this evening inside the arena brightly lit by flashlights on cell phones.  

After seeing Vince Gill perform at an early age, Chris knew instantly what he was meant to do in life.  He has been privileged to be able to record a number one hit “Sober Saturday Night” with Vince.  Vince also was the individual that invited Chris to join the Grand Ole Opry in 2017.

Showing off his pure traditional values, Chris adds a snippet of Conway Twitty during his hit “I Can Take It From There.” 

At the conclusion of “You,” Chris takes a minute to prepare for his high note ending while claiming he didn’t think that one out too well when he wrote the song.  “I get nervous each night of myself hitting puberty all over again and missing the note everyone is looking for.” In the end, Chris doesn’t let the crowd down by nailing it without any problems.

To finish off the set, Chris performs “Think Of You” with duet partner Cassidy Pope appearing on the large overhead video screen.  As the song ends, Chris walks off stage while the band continues to play.  

After a loud and thunderous appeal for an encore, Chris, still in amazement, listens to the crowd cheer for him.  Twice after raising his hands in the air, the crowd still miraculously gets louder each time.  He then grins and says “This is by far my loudest and favorite show to date.”  As the cheers escalate “I was going to say something but I can’t top that so I will just sing.”  Chris concludes with “I’m Coming Over.”

With Chris’ pure self and raw talent, he has proven that you do not have to have big extravagant stages and light shows to win over a crowd.  Just give him a guitar and let his vocals take over, they will speak volumes wherever he may be. 

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Event Date: 19-JAN-2018