From the moment Morgan Wallen took the stage at PPL Center in Allentown on Friday (May 27) evening, it was evident why the East Tennessee native chose to originally kick off his Dangerous Tour in Pennsylvania.
After being forced to postpone the Dangerous Tour kickoff, originally slated for February 3, due to severe weather and icy conditions in ‘Queen City,’ Morgan Wallen returned to the home of The Lehigh Valley Phantoms ice hockey team and it’s safe to say that fans’ anticipation to see the “Wasted On You” singer only heightened after holding onto their tickets for an additional 114 days.
“We tried to get up here in February and the weather wasn’t trying to let us up here, but now we’re glad to be back,” Wallen told the capacity crowd with a smile on his face. “We’re going to play a bunch of songs tonight, we’re going to play some old music, some new music and everything in between.”
As “Broadway Girls” flooded the venue speakers, the reigning 2022 Billboard Top Country Male Artist was all smiles as he entered the stage to a roaring applause and sat behind his piano for a massive sing-a-long to his latest chart-topping hit, “Sand In My Boots.”
His rowdy, energy-filled set featured performances of radio hits such as “Whiskey Glasses,” “Chasin’ You,” “The Way I Talk,” and “Up Down” as well as songs from his record-breaking sophomore project, Dangerous: The Double Album.
Wallen played nearly a dozen tracks from the 2022 ACM Album of the Year, including “865,” “Somebody’s Problem,” “This Bar,” “Warning,” “Silverado For Sale,” “7 Summers,” and more.
He even added two new songs to his set list from the trio of tracks he recently released, including “Don’t Think Jesus” and “You Proof.”
Following a performance of “Flower Shops,” sans ERNEST, the 29-year-old singer/songwriter welcomed tour mate Larry Fleet to the stage to perform a track from Fleet’s debut album, Stack Of Records.
“Before we started this tour, I didn’t really know Larry that well, but he’s become a really good buddy and someone who I respect and I truly do wish the best for,” Wallen said as Fleet joined him on stage. “If you guys don’t know him I think you ought to go check out his music after tonight and this song right here that we’re going to sing is a song that I’m not a part of originally, but I just love it a whole lot. So, we’ve been singing this out here every night as a duet and we’re going to do the same on his last night, this is called ‘Where I Find God.’”
HARDY then erupted onto the stage, taking the show’s energy to the next level, as he and Wallen performed their Hixtape Vol. 1 collaboration, “He Went To Jared.”
A highlight of the concert was when Wallen performed his recently-released song, “Don’t Think Jesus,” a deeply personal track written by Chase McGill, Jessi Alexander and Mark Holman with Wallen in mind.
“Alright, I told y’all I’m going to sing some new stuff. I just put out three new songs in the stretch of about a month or so, I guess y’all know that,” Wallen said as the crowd exploded into a loud applause. “This is the first one of the three. This is a song that I feel like tells my story from an early age, but really especially the last couple of years. You know, life has a way of throwing things at you and sometimes you can let that hurt your faith, but sometimes you can make your faith stronger because of it and I’m just trying to make mine stronger. I feel like this song is a testament to that. I really enjoy singing it and I think we’ll probably be singing it for a long time.”
The crowd, showing their appreciation for Wallen’s new music, offered a thunderous sing-along of the emotion-filled song.
Wallen then paid tribute to his friends and family, including his son Indigo Wilder, with a performance of “More Than My Hometown,” during which precious family photos were displayed on the screens behind him.
Fans were even treated to a surprise during the show when GRAMMY-nominee Jimmie Allen made a special appearance to perform “The Way I Talk” with Wallen. Wearing a Philadelphia Eagles football jersey and hat, Allen joined Wallen during the second verse of the 2018 If I Know Me track before the longtime friends flawlessly harmonized during the song’s chorus.
“Y’all make some noise for Mr. Jimmie Allen in the house tonight!” Wallen shouted before he and Allen finished singing the tune together as the crowd sang the lyrics at the top of their lungs.
The country hitmaker closed out the evening with a performance of his latest release “You Proof,” his chart-climbing radio single, “Wasted On You,” and a lively showcase of his fan-favorite chart-topper, “Whiskey Glasses.”
Wallen, exuding confidence, appeared to be having the time of his life as he delivered an electrifying performance that his adoring fans won’t soon forget.
From the opening notes of “Sand In My Boots” to the closing lyrics of “Whiskey Glasses” during his encore, the capacity crowd sang along to every word of every song, even the album cuts and newly released tunes.
Throughout his nearly 2-hour set, Wallen proved his superstar status as he further cemented himself as a future entertainer of the year with his exhilarating performance of hit songs.
HARDY served as direct support on the show and truly shined with his impressive songwriting abilities while also displaying confidence as a singer.
Throughout his several-song set, the Mississippi native demanded the sold-out crowd’s attention with track’s from his debut album, A Rock, including “Truck,” “Boots,” “Give Heaven Some Hell,” and his first No. 1 as an artist “One Beer.” The Big Loud artist also shared his rendition of Blake Shelton’s “God’s Country,” a song he co-wrote alongside Devin Dawson and Jordan Schmidt.
Larry Fleet opened the show, which marked his final performance on the Dangerous Tour, with the perfect showcase of his debut project, Stack Of Records.