Luke Bryan is country music’s biggest heartthrob and he’s becoming it’s biggest superstar. Luke performed in front of the largest country music crowd ever at a RODEO-HOUSTON show last night (75,242). That’s the second-biggest show in RODEO history (2nd only to the performers for Go Tejano Day last Sunday).
His songs about lust, love, girls, drinking, Georgia, and country life combined with some flirtatious booty shaking had the mostly female audience going wild at Reliant. He didn’t disappoint the biggest crowd of his career either…take a look at the these videos from last night and the review from chron.com.
Here’s the review from the Houston Chronicle this morning:
“Luke Bryan had a lot to prove Saturday night.
He was closing RodeoHouston after debuting just last year on the rotating stage. (George Strait’s sold-out show tonight isn’t technically part of the season.) He was following record-breaking performances from Pitbull and Blake Shelton and solid country showings from Jason Aldean and Jake Owen.
Give Bryan credit, then, for knowing his audience. Less than halfway into his first song, “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, Bryan stopped in his tracks and swiveled his hips. A fierce chorus of screams ensued. A few seconds later, he turned around and shook his behind for the camera. Cue louder squeals.
Bryan is a relentless flirt onstage. He purred, literally, throughout “Country Man” and called to females in the crowd during “Someone Else Calling You Baby.” His faded jeans, black T-shirt and backwards ball cap were in line with the heartthrob vibe. Every gesture incited a frenzy.
He was in much stronger voice than last year and strutted confidently across the entirety of the stage. Every song was a blast of energy. Even the ballads seemed upbeat.
“This is the biggest crowd of my life,” he said to the 75,242 fans in attendance, now the second-largest in RodeoHouston history. (He bested Shelton’s record by four people.)
“I may have said it last year, but I grew up dreaming of playing (RodeoHouston). To sell this place out on a Saturday night is a country boy’s dream.”
Bryan flexed considerable vocal muscle on “Do I,” a power ballad that played much better in a live setting. He ripped through every part of rock-fueled anthem “The Only Way I Know” (recorded as a collaboration with Aldean and Owen). And every girl seemed to swoon, and sing along with, “Drunk on You.” Cheers punctuated every verse and chorus.
Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” made its second Rodeo appearance during Bryan’s rowdy “All My Friends Say.” (Zac Brown Band covered it last month.) He launched into a bit of Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” during his own “I Don’t Want This Night to End,” and it made more sense than you’d expect.
Bryan finally did what he’d been teasing throughout his set during closer “Country Girl (Shake it for Me).” He jumped offstage and circled the entire stadium — high-fiving, shaking, shimmying and rarely missing a note. If Bryan continues to build on that brand of electricity, expect RodeoHouston to have him back for many years to come.”