The End Of An Era: Florida Georgia Line Plays Emotional Final Concert
“Let’s see what we got left in the tank,” Hubbard told the crowd.
Florida Georgia Line; Photo via CBS/ ACM, Twitter
Florida Georgia Line is officially over.
The award-winning country duo, composed of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, played their final show together on Wednesday (Aug. 31) at the Minnesota State Fair.
“This is our last official concert as Florida Georgia Line… let’s see what we got left in the tank,” Hubbard told the crowd.
Florida Georgia Line’s final set included performances of “Round Here,” “Up Down,” “I Love My Country,” “This Is How We Roll,” “God, Your Mama, and Me,” “Smooth,” “H.O.L.Y.,” “Long Live,” “Stay,” “May We All,” “Sippin’ On Fire,” “Dirt,” “Confession,” “Anything Goes,” “Simple,” “Get Your Shine On,” “Meant To Be,” “Lil Bit” and “Cruise.”
In the midst of their last official concert as a duo, Hubbard took a moment to reflect on the last 10 years while performing “H.O.L.Y.”
“I just want to take a second because I don’t want this moment to get lost tonight. I want to express our gratitude, from BK and myself, from the bottom of our heart man, for the last 12 years of our life that you guys have allowed us to do what we love,” Hubbard said.
He continued, ”You’ve enabled us to chase this crazy dream of writing songs and playing shows and hoping somebody will show up to listen, so thank you guys man, it really, really means the world to us. I spent a lot of this afternoon thinking about the last ten years and what this night means to us is the closing of an incredible, incredible chapter for us. It’s very exciting for us to look at what’s ahead and see what’s next and the next chapter is very exciting, but we wanna celebrate this chapter with you guys. So tonight, before we move onto the next song, can we sing this chorus one more time together?”
Hubbard then encouraged the crowd to sing along to the chart-topping hit one final time.
“This is going to be the last time you guys get to hear BK and I get to hear you guys sing this, so I want to see how loud you guys could sing this one alright?” Hubbard said before launching into a massive sing-along.
As the evening came to a close, Florida Georgia Line exploded into their Diamond-selling single “Cruise” for one last time.
“What a special night, thank you guys for celebrating with us, BK I love you man,” Hubbard said. “Thanks again, it’s been a special night for us, we love y’all.”
After singing the final lyrics to “Cruise” and graciously thanking fans for the last decade, the pair exited the stage on different sides as the crowd erupted into a lengthy cheer.
The show marked the end of an era for Hubbard and Kelley, who met in 2008 at a weekly student worship service on campus at Belmont University in Nashville.
They later formed Florida Georgia Line and burst onto the country music scene in 2012 with their wildly successful debut single, “Cruise.” They later remixed the track with rapper Nelly and it went on to become the first country single to achieve sales and streams equivalent to 10 million units.
FGL is credited to have started the “bro-country” movement in country music with the release of “Cruise” and other songs like “Get Your Shine On,” “This Is How We Roll,” “Sun Daze,” and “Anything Goes.”
Throughout their career, Florida Georgia Line teamed up with artists like Bebe Rexha (on the 10x Platinum No.1 single, “Meant To Be”), Tim McGraw (on the chart-topping “May We All”), Backstreet Boys (on the No.1 “God, Your Mama, and Me”), and more.
In all, the duo released five studio albums and charted 19 No.1 singles.
Florida Georgia Line won multiple ACM, CMA, CMT, AMA, People’s Choice, and Billboard Awards.
As the duo comes to a close, Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley will embark on their solo careers. Kelley launched his solo career with the release of “Beach Cowboy” and he later shared his debut solo album, Sunshine State Of Mind, and signed as a solo artist with Big Machine Label Group.
Meanwhile, Hubbard kicked off his solo career with the release of his debut 6-song EP, Dancin’ In The Country, which includes his first single, “5 foot 9.” The hitmaker will soon hit the road with Keith Urban as direct support on Urban’s Speed Of Now World Tour.
“It’s a really exciting season, the next chapter for BK and myself, to get to kinda get more personal,” Hubbard explained during a recent appearance on the TODAY show.
He said that he and Kelley get to “share our individual stories and our individual songs and kinda relate to the fans on a more personal level. So, it’s very exciting for both of us and it’s gonna be a fun journey, for sure.”
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