A Confident Cowboy
Personally, I've long been a faithful resident of "Crazy Town," but in front of an all-time Rodeo record-breaking crowd of 74,901 (the second time in a week the record's been broken), Jason Aldean welcomed the rest of Houston to his special place in Crazy Town. I appreciate artists of his stature recognizing it's a real place, and based on the crowd's reaction, I wasn't the only one.
Strutting on stage in his baggy ripped jeans, his George Strait vintage tour T-shirt and the country western standard cowboy boots and cowboy hat, Aldean was ready to rock the mic for a third straight year at RodeoHouston.
Aldean owned the stage and you could tell by the confidence he exuded in every note, in every motion, that he knew it.
Speaking of George Strait, it sort of hurts my soul that Aldean beat his attendance record, but thankfully, there were quite a few lyrics (and that vintage tour shirt) that ultimately showed Aldean's respect for the country legend.
The Georgia boy set up his set-list by getting all of the "slow songs out of the way" claiming he was ready to have some fun with the Houston crowd.
Aldean and his band were animated the entire show — amped up and ready to rock, taking barely a minute to breathe between hits. The only slightly awkward part, and I know the crowd holding its breath for Kelly Clarkson would agree, is when "Don't You Want To Stay" played and the pretty American Idol singer was on the big screen singing her heart out and waving to the fans instead of being front and center on stage.
Had she only appeared during that song, it would have been the cherry on top of the already overflowing ice cream brownie sundae.
Instead of a surprise visit from Clarkson, dueling guitars kept the crowd on its feet. Having been to almost every Houston Texans home game, I'm not sure I've heard that kind of rabid screaming for any of Matt Schaub's touchdown bombs. Fans, old and young, men and women, were going bananas as Aldean and his boys put on a show for the sold-out crowd.
Aldean owned the stage and you could tell by the confidence he exuded in every note, in every motion, that he knew it. Every chance the crowd got to reaffirm that notion, they took.
So after a record-breaking performance like that, can I hear it from all the Redneck Romeos?